Walk 3 – Rubha Coigach From Achnahaird Beach


Drive along the road towards Ullapool past Lochs Vatachan and Raa, taking the left fork at the seaward end of the latter, and at Brae of Achnahaird turn right towards Achnahaird Beach with Rubah Loch and a cabin on your left and a caravan and camping site on your right. Park the car where the road ends at the low cliffs above Achnahaird Bay, and take the opportunity, if the tide is out, to explore the small coves and rock pools on the south of the road at the head of the bay. The beach is magnificent, but not as secluded as those described in Walks 2 and l4.

The walk is northwest along the cliffs which rise steadily towards the headlands of Rubha Duilich and Rubha a’Chairn. At first there is a distinct path but after half a mile or so (perhaps the limit of adventure for the average visitor) it peters out, and thereafter the route is more or less uniformly difficult all the way to the final rock slabs on the point of Rubha Coigach. Above Rubha a’Chairn is a croft, its land sloping down towards the bay of Camas Coille. In autumn the withering grass is golden brown, and at all seasons but the very driest the going is wet, and you should choose your way carefully, particularly in the hollows. (For picnicking head for the low hills a little way inland or for the drier areas near the croft). The views across Enard Bay are marvellous with the Point of Stoer and its white lighthouse to the north, and the peaks of Foinaven, Quinag, Suilven, Cul Mor, Stac Pollaidh and the Ben Mor Coigach group to the east and southeast. From this point in clear weather, the Outer Hebrides can be seen on the horizon.

Either retrace your steps to Achnahaird Beach or continue south west along the drier cliff tops to Reiff (a route described in Walk 2).
DISTANCE: 8 or l4 miles
GOING: Rough and wet, becoming easier on the longer route