Walk 21 Poll Loisgan And Gleann Lochan Sal


Drive towards Lochinver along the “Wee mad road” as described for Walk 7 and park the car where the road meets the sea at Loch an Eisg-Brachaidh. Cross the footbridge over the Allt Gleann an t’Srathian and make your way steeply southwest up through woodland. A path is shown on the 1:25, 000 map but it is no longer clear on the ground. From the top of the slope there are superb views over the inlet of Cuil Lochain with the isthmus and “island” of Rhuba a Brocaire (well worth a detour) separating it from Loch an Eisg-Brachaidh. The Rubha Mor peninsula can be seen across Enard Bay.

From here, the route lies south-southwest, round and over jumbled hillocks. For much of the way you can follow the course of a burn, which flows northwards to Cuil Lochain. You pass the small loch where the burn begins, just before reaching the narrow inlet of Poll Loisgann. Descend to the stream at the head of the inlet and follow its course southwards. From the ridge, you will be able to see another and broader inlet at the head of which lies Lochan Sal, at which the private road from Inverpolly Lodge ends.

Now turn eastwards maintaining height so far as possible and make your way up Gleann Lochan Sal. You will not be able to maintain your height for very long and when another glen opens to the north descend to the valley floor and follow the burn to the watershed. The going is rough and wet, but there is ample compensation in the views of Suilven straight ahead.

From the watershed, you must make your way down towards the road through steep woodland. When you reach the level once more, make for one of the wooden footbridges, which cross the Allt Gleann an t’Srathain. From here, there is a mile back to the car.