FOREST WAY WALKS No3

This is part three of an ongoing collection of walks which can be done directly from us.

In recent years some of the local estates and forestry commission have been investing a great deal of time and money to help improve an ever increasing number of good standard paths and tracks.  So now there are a quite a number of walks with varying terrain and difficulty all on our doorstep and I hope to showcase these all in the coming months.

WALK 3 – CUILEAG PATH

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More About Us…

Hillwalking/
Mountaineering

Climb one or more of the 26 Munros, 19 Corbetts and 16 Grahams all on our doorstep. The area has some of the most iconic mountains in the UK such as Suilven, An Teallach and Stac Pollaidh.

North Coast 500/Touring NW Highlands

Embark on one of the world’s most iconic coastal touring routes, and discover the breath-taking beauty of the North Highlands; a place where you’ll find white sand beaches, rugged mountains, hidden gems and a wealth of unforgettable experiences.

Road Cycling/Mountain Biking

Enjoy the stunning scenery from your saddle. Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in this area with a number of routes for all abilities.

Cape Wrath Trail

Do the famous long distance walking route and immerse yourself in nature and some of the best landscapes in the country.

Eating Out

Ullapool is the nearest place to eat and it is famed for its fabulous seafood.  You will find no finer place than the award winning Seafood Shack plus a number of good restaurants to choose from.

Nature on our doorstep

See dolphins, seals, whales and many birds on a boat trip or take a walk in our wilderness and see deer, otters, red squirrels, eagles and many more birds.  The wonderful landscape is so diverse with mountain, forest, waterfall, loch, cliffs and beaches that this provides the perfect enviroment for a vast amount of wildlife and natural geological delights.

Photography & Dark Skies

Whether you are an individual photographer or organising a group course, our area offers some of the best landscape photography in the UK. Throughout the whole year the changing light and landscape are what makes this area so magical to capture on lens.  Occasionally we get to see displays of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and our dark skies are perfect for night photography and astronomical viewing.

Trip Advisor Reviews

      We stayed here recently as a stopover before getting the ferry to Stornoway. Easy to find and located in a lovely setting. Basic but everything you need. There are two... read more

    thumb Thomisa
    9/18/2016

      Four of us stopped with Iain during a motorcycle tour of Scotland. The bunkhouse can cater for 8 people in two different rooms with a lounge and kitchen facility in... read more

    thumb A TripAdvisor Member
    6/29/2017

      We stayed in the B&B part of the house with a separate entrance. Breakfast you take at the owners dinnertable, wich is sympa. The place is nice, family friendly, has... read more

    thumb Nadia K
    6/28/2018

      Owner very welcoming and showed me around. Lovely garden area to sit outside with tables and chairs, good kitchen, showers and comfortable beds. Good value for money and good location... read more

    sarahc756
    8/24/2019

      Stayed in the bunkhouse with my wife and 2 friends on a cycling/munro-bagging trip in May. The bunkhouse is fairly small with 2 x 4 bed en-suite rooms with a... read more

    thumb rmc12York
    6/06/2017

Facebook Reviews

    review rating 5  I've stayed here twice now. It's a fine wee bunkhouse, comfortable beds, good showers and ideally located for plenty of local hills, with the Fannichs, Deargs and An Teallach in easy reach, and not too long a drive to get into those lovely Assynt hills. The owner is a keen walker and has a lot of excellent local knowledge. You also get a free beer. Highly recommended 🙂

    thumb John-Paul Bell
    3/29/2017

    review rating 5  Great little bunkhouse in a very convenient location for bagging loads of Munros and Corbetts :). Comfortable beds, a decent kitchen and an effective drying room. I've stayed a couple of times and will certainly return. Iain (the owner) is also an invaluable source of advice on hill routes.

    thumb David Pettit
    4/01/2017

    review rating 5  Great accommodation and base for exploring the hills around Ullapool.

    thumb Robin Wallace
    3/31/2017

    review rating 5  Top quality place to stay ....... Set in beautiful surroundings run by a real Gentleman with outstanding knowledge of surrounding area !! Highly recommended 😁

    thumb Graham Young
    3/29/2017

Google Reviews

    review rating 5  Great value for money, very clean and tidy. Recommended!!

    thumb Caledonia Wanderer
    11/18/2018

    review rating 5  I had just cycled DOWIS, Dover to Western Isles and this made a great change after a month in my tent. £20 was great with me. Comfy bed, good hot shower, nice kitchen and a warm welcome. Thank you

    thumb John Boardman
    8/02/2018

    review rating 5  Nice place, very quiet. Clean. Friendly owner. Highly reccomended!

    thumb Gianni S.
    8/24/2017

    review rating 5  Iain and his dad were some of the nicest people we met on our trip through and round Scotland we couldn't have asked for more! The room we stayed in we paid a little extra for to book it out, it was very clean and tidy with a lovely drive area to sit outside. The area around this site should be considered an area of outstanding natural beauty. I would highly recommend staying here if you are in the area!

    thumb Nicholas Rudd
    9/20/2018

    review rating 5  Me and 2 friends bunked here for 1 night. Lovely little place surrounded by forests, very peaceful. You can hear the water flowing nearby which creates a tranquil environment. The owner, Ian is a lovely man. His family is also on the site who are also lovely people. The communal area in the bunkhouse was spacious and offered everything you need. Each guest room has an en suite with 4 bunks in each room. You can also rent these rooms so if you're with a small group you can create a private area. If I ever do the nc500 again I will stay here!

    thumb Zak Scutt
    9/07/2018

    review rating 5  It is a nice little place. The bunk house is well maintained and it’s neat and clean. Host is really warm and helpful in nature. The kitchen is also well equipped. I would suggest this place to everyone who wanna go up to grave or Ullapool.

    thumb nichith ratheesh
    1/09/2019

Guests can check in anytime between 4pm and 8pm.  If you wish to arrive outside these time contact us to let us know.

Breakfast is only provided as standard for guests staying in the B&B.  The Bunkhouse is self catering with full kitchen facilities which guests can use for evening meals and breakfast.

All linen is provided for all rooms.  Towels are provided in the B&B however guests in the Bunkhouse will need to bring their own towel or these can be hired for £1 each.

We can do a pick up service from Ullapool and the surrounding area.  Minimal charges will apply to cover petrol costs.  If you require a pick up service please notify us as early as possible as this service has limited availablity.

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FOREST WAY WALKS No2

This is part two of an ongoing collection of Walks around North West Highlands of Scotland.

In recent years some of the local estates and forestry commission have been investing a great deal of time and money to help improve an ever increasing number of good standard paths and tracks.  So now there are a quite a number of walks with varying terrain and difficulty all on our doorstep and I hope to showcase these all in the coming months.

WALK 2 – RIVER BROOM WALK

One day last week after the snow arrived we had a blue sky day so I took the opportunity to do this walk with my 11 month old son in his backpack carrier.  It is a very pleasing walk and even in the depths of winter we were well rewarded with nice views, the delightful sounds of the river gurgling away and even watched a dipper playing by the rivers edge.  The walk itself is very straightforward and a fairly easy grade.  It is around 5km, 144m ascent and took us 1hr 24mins which included taking lots of pictures and dipper watching.

As with most of the walks which start from Forest Way it begins with a stroll through the enchanting Lael Forest Gardens.  Here you will find an abundance of wildlife, many birds and maybe even a red squirrel if you keep your eyes peeled.  Once you reach the south car park of the gardens head across the A835 main road and over the Auchindrean Bridge.  This bridge was built by the former owner of Braemore estate back in the late 1800s.  He was chief engineer of the famous Forth Bridge and the Auchindrean Bridge has a similar look to certain sections of the famous bridge.

Once over the bridge turn immediately left where you will see a sign for “Auchindrean Path”.  The good standard path follows the banks of the River Broom with delightful charm and great views of the surrounding hills.  Keep on the path ignoring any gates and you will eventually come to another sign for ‘Cuileag Path’ which you continue on until the path ends near ‘Junction Pool’ and you join a landrover track and large turning area.  Ignore the second sign for “Cuileag Path” as this take you onto the gorge walk which is an option but is more detailed in another Walk description.  To head back just follow the landrover track back to Auchindrean farm and back across the bridge to where you started.

Below I have detailed some of the pictures we took along the way.

More About Us…

Hillwalking/
Mountaineering

Climb one or more of the 26 Munros, 19 Corbetts and 16 Grahams all on our doorstep. The area has some of the most iconic mountains in the UK such as Suilven, An Teallach and Stac Pollaidh.

North Coast 500/Touring NW Highlands

Embark on one of the world’s most iconic coastal touring routes, and discover the breath-taking beauty of the North Highlands; a place where you’ll find white sand beaches, rugged mountains, hidden gems and a wealth of unforgettable experiences.

Road Cycling/Mountain Biking

Enjoy the stunning scenery from your saddle. Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in this area with a number of routes for all abilities.

Cape Wrath Trail

Do the famous long distance walking route and immerse yourself in nature and some of the best landscapes in the country.

Eating Out

Ullapool is the nearest place to eat and it is famed for its fabulous seafood.  You will find no finer place than the award winning Seafood Shack plus a number of good restaurants to choose from.

Nature on our doorstep

See dolphins, seals, whales and many birds on a boat trip or take a walk in our wilderness and see deer, otters, red squirrels, eagles and many more birds.  The wonderful landscape is so diverse with mountain, forest, waterfall, loch, cliffs and beaches that this provides the perfect enviroment for a vast amount of wildlife and natural geological delights.

Photography & Dark Skies

Whether you are an individual photographer or organising a group course, our area offers some of the best landscape photography in the UK. Throughout the whole year the changing light and landscape are what makes this area so magical to capture on lens.  Occasionally we get to see displays of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and our dark skies are perfect for night photography and astronomical viewing.

Trip Advisor Reviews

      We stayed here for 1 night a few weeks ago. We booked it last minute as we were due to camp but the weather was too windy and wet. Iain... read more

    thumb dominiquemountney
    9/26/2017

      We stayed here recently as a stopover before getting the ferry to Stornoway. Easy to find and located in a lovely setting. Basic but everything you need. There are two... read more

    thumb Thomisa
    9/18/2016

      The bunkhouse facilities are as described. However, the point is there is no internet available and we are not allowed to use the lounge either. If you are lucky, you... read more

    thumb Eve L
    7/19/2016

      We stayed in the B&B part of the house with a separate entrance. Breakfast you take at the owners dinnertable, wich is sympa. The place is nice, family friendly, has... read more

    thumb Nadia K
    6/28/2018

      Iain is very friendly and uncomplicated and we had a nice chat over breakfast (which was delicious). We enjoyed the night in the Forest Way B&B, as it was very... read more

    thumb Lisa M
    6/13/2017

Facebook Reviews

    review rating 5  Great accommodation and base for exploring the hills around Ullapool.

    thumb Robin Wallace
    3/31/2017

    review rating 5  Great little bunkhouse in a very convenient location for bagging loads of Munros and Corbetts :). Comfortable beds, a decent kitchen and an effective drying room. I've stayed a couple of times and will certainly return. Iain (the owner) is also an invaluable source of advice on hill routes.

    thumb David Pettit
    4/01/2017

    review rating 5  I've stayed here twice now. It's a fine wee bunkhouse, comfortable beds, good showers and ideally located for plenty of local hills, with the Fannichs, Deargs and An Teallach in easy reach, and not too long a drive to get into those lovely Assynt hills. The owner is a keen walker and has a lot of excellent local knowledge. You also get a free beer. Highly recommended 🙂

    thumb John-Paul Bell
    3/29/2017

    review rating 5  Top quality place to stay ....... Set in beautiful surroundings run by a real Gentleman with outstanding knowledge of surrounding area !! Highly recommended 😁

    thumb Graham Young
    3/29/2017

Google Reviews

    review rating 5  Nice place, very quiet. Clean. Friendly owner. Highly reccomended!

    thumb Gianni S.
    8/24/2017

    review rating 5  Great value for money, very clean and tidy. Recommended!!

    thumb Caledonia Wanderer
    11/18/2018

    review rating 5  Me and 2 friends bunked here for 1 night. Lovely little place surrounded by forests, very peaceful. You can hear the water flowing nearby which creates a tranquil environment. The owner, Ian is a lovely man. His family is also on the site who are also lovely people. The communal area in the bunkhouse was spacious and offered everything you need. Each guest room has an en suite with 4 bunks in each room. You can also rent these rooms so if you're with a small group you can create a private area. If I ever do the nc500 again I will stay here!

    thumb Zak Scutt
    9/07/2018

    review rating 5  I had just cycled DOWIS, Dover to Western Isles and this made a great change after a month in my tent. £20 was great with me. Comfy bed, good hot shower, nice kitchen and a warm welcome. Thank you

    thumb John Boardman
    8/02/2018

    review rating 5  Iain and his dad were some of the nicest people we met on our trip through and round Scotland we couldn't have asked for more! The room we stayed in we paid a little extra for to book it out, it was very clean and tidy with a lovely drive area to sit outside. The area around this site should be considered an area of outstanding natural beauty. I would highly recommend staying here if you are in the area!

    thumb Nicholas Rudd
    9/20/2018

    review rating 5  It is a nice little place. The bunk house is well maintained and it’s neat and clean. Host is really warm and helpful in nature. The kitchen is also well equipped. I would suggest this place to everyone who wanna go up to grave or Ullapool.

    thumb nichith ratheesh
    1/09/2019

Guests can check in anytime between 4pm and 8pm.  If you wish to arrive outside these time contact us to let us know.

Breakfast is only provided as standard for guests staying in the B&B.  The Bunkhouse is self catering with full kitchen facilities which guests can use for evening meals and breakfast.

All linen is provided for all rooms.  Towels are provided in the B&B however guests in the Bunkhouse will need to bring their own towel or these can be hired for £1 each.

We can do a pick up service from Ullapool and the surrounding area.  Minimal charges will apply to cover petrol costs.  If you require a pick up service please notify us as early as possible as this service has limited availablity.

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FOREST WAY WALKS No.1

This is part one of an ongoing collection of walks that can be done immediately from Forest Way.

In recent years some of the local estates and forestry commission have been investing a great deal of time and money to help improve an ever increasing number of good standard paths and tracks.  So now there are quite a number of walks with varying terrain and difficulty all on our doorstep and I hope to showcase these all in the coming months.  To start us off I have detailed below a favourite walk of mine which is just across the road from Forest Way.

WALK 1 – LAEL FOREST GORGE WALK

This is a fabulous and varied walk which takes between 1-1.5hrs (not including stops for photos etc).  The circuit route is 3.5km long and roughly 250m ascent.

Starting at Forest Way, you cross the A835 road to the north car park for Lael Forest Gardens.  On the left hand side of the car park a path leads steeply alongside the gorge and waterfalls to join a forestry track next to a concrete bridge that crosses the gorge.  Don’t turn right or left once you get to the forestry track, just continue on the path immediately in front of you and continue up the open hillside which has been deforested.  After a few hundred metres you will pass a derelict wooden hut and now the path will head in the direction to another gorge.  You will now start to get great views of the surrounding hills.

View of Fannichs from the derelict wooden hut

Once you reach the other gorge the track continues uphill and zigzags back to the first gorge and once you reach it again you will find a wooden bridge crosses the gorge.  This is the highest point of the walk at just over 200m.  After the bridge the path continues into the forest and a dramatic change in scene.  You can just make out the path under the dark canopy of the forest and you follow this down for about 200m until you cross a tiny wooden bridge that joins a forestry track.  Turn right onto the track and follow this all the way down.  You will pass a clearing with a bench and table and this is a good viewpoint and place to stop and relax.

Viewpoint from the bench and table

Viewpoint from the bench and table

Once you reach the bottom of the forestry track you meet another track.  Continue straight ahead and down a marked path which takes you down to the south car park for Lael Forest Gardens and from here you just walk through the gardens to the north car park and back to where you started.  The gardens are particularly enjoyable with many different species and a nice waterfall at the north car park.  Keep an eye out for red squirrels and birds of prey as there are many.

More About Us…

Hillwalking/
Mountaineering

Climb one or more of the 26 Munros, 19 Corbetts and 16 Grahams all on our doorstep. The area has some of the most iconic mountains in the UK such as Suilven, An Teallach and Stac Pollaidh.

North Coast 500/Touring NW Highlands

Embark on one of the world’s most iconic coastal touring routes, and discover the breath-taking beauty of the North Highlands; a place where you’ll find white sand beaches, rugged mountains, hidden gems and a wealth of unforgettable experiences.

Road Cycling/Mountain Biking

Enjoy the stunning scenery from your saddle. Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in this area with a number of routes for all abilities.

Cape Wrath Trail

Do the famous long distance walking route and immerse yourself in nature and some of the best landscapes in the country.

Eating Out

Ullapool is the nearest place to eat and it is famed for its fabulous seafood.  You will find no finer place than the award winning Seafood Shack plus a number of good restaurants to choose from.

Nature on our doorstep

See dolphins, seals, whales and many birds on a boat trip or take a walk in our wilderness and see deer, otters, red squirrels, eagles and many more birds.  The wonderful landscape is so diverse with mountain, forest, waterfall, loch, cliffs and beaches that this provides the perfect enviroment for a vast amount of wildlife and natural geological delights.

Photography & Dark Skies

Whether you are an individual photographer or organising a group course, our area offers some of the best landscape photography in the UK. Throughout the whole year the changing light and landscape are what makes this area so magical to capture on lens.  Occasionally we get to see displays of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and our dark skies are perfect for night photography and astronomical viewing.

Trip Advisor Reviews

      Great hospitality and local knowledge. Lovely room and very friendly atmosphere. Lovely forest surroundings. It was a great stop during our nc 500 and Ian was a fantastic host. Thank... read more

    Charlotte R
    7/01/2019

      Iain is very friendly and uncomplicated and we had a nice chat over breakfast (which was delicious). We enjoyed the night in the Forest Way B&B, as it was very... read more

    thumb Lisa M
    6/13/2017

      Had a great stay here with my son whilst doing the Cape Wrath trail. We were very well looked after by Iain who cooks a great breakfast. Love to stay... read more

    Ian F
    9/04/2019

      We stayed here for 1 night a few weeks ago. We booked it last minute as we were due to camp but the weather was too windy and wet. Iain... read more

    thumb dominiquemountney
    9/26/2017

      Stayed in the bunkhouse with my wife and 2 friends on a cycling/munro-bagging trip in May. The bunkhouse is fairly small with 2 x 4 bed en-suite rooms with a... read more

    thumb rmc12York
    6/06/2017

Facebook Reviews

    review rating 5  Great accommodation and base for exploring the hills around Ullapool.

    thumb Robin Wallace
    3/31/2017

    review rating 5  I've stayed here twice now. It's a fine wee bunkhouse, comfortable beds, good showers and ideally located for plenty of local hills, with the Fannichs, Deargs and An Teallach in easy reach, and not too long a drive to get into those lovely Assynt hills. The owner is a keen walker and has a lot of excellent local knowledge. You also get a free beer. Highly recommended 🙂

    thumb John-Paul Bell
    3/29/2017

    review rating 5  Great little bunkhouse in a very convenient location for bagging loads of Munros and Corbetts :). Comfortable beds, a decent kitchen and an effective drying room. I've stayed a couple of times and will certainly return. Iain (the owner) is also an invaluable source of advice on hill routes.

    thumb David Pettit
    4/01/2017

    review rating 5  Top quality place to stay ....... Set in beautiful surroundings run by a real Gentleman with outstanding knowledge of surrounding area !! Highly recommended 😁

    thumb Graham Young
    3/29/2017

Google Reviews

    review rating 5  Nice place, very quiet. Clean. Friendly owner. Highly reccomended!

    thumb Gianni S.
    8/24/2017

    review rating 5  Iain and his dad were some of the nicest people we met on our trip through and round Scotland we couldn't have asked for more! The room we stayed in we paid a little extra for to book it out, it was very clean and tidy with a lovely drive area to sit outside. The area around this site should be considered an area of outstanding natural beauty. I would highly recommend staying here if you are in the area!

    thumb Nicholas Rudd
    9/20/2018

    review rating 5  Me and 2 friends bunked here for 1 night. Lovely little place surrounded by forests, very peaceful. You can hear the water flowing nearby which creates a tranquil environment. The owner, Ian is a lovely man. His family is also on the site who are also lovely people. The communal area in the bunkhouse was spacious and offered everything you need. Each guest room has an en suite with 4 bunks in each room. You can also rent these rooms so if you're with a small group you can create a private area. If I ever do the nc500 again I will stay here!

    thumb Zak Scutt
    9/07/2018

    review rating 5  It is a nice little place. The bunk house is well maintained and it’s neat and clean. Host is really warm and helpful in nature. The kitchen is also well equipped. I would suggest this place to everyone who wanna go up to grave or Ullapool.

    thumb nichith ratheesh
    1/09/2019

    review rating 5  Great value for money, very clean and tidy. Recommended!!

    thumb Caledonia Wanderer
    11/18/2018

    review rating 5  I had just cycled DOWIS, Dover to Western Isles and this made a great change after a month in my tent. £20 was great with me. Comfy bed, good hot shower, nice kitchen and a warm welcome. Thank you

    thumb John Boardman
    8/02/2018

Guests can check in anytime between 4pm and 8pm.  If you wish to arrive outside these time contact us to let us know.

Breakfast is only provided as standard for guests staying in the B&B.  The Bunkhouse is self catering with full kitchen facilities which guests can use for evening meals and breakfast.

All linen is provided for all rooms.  Towels are provided in the B&B however guests in the Bunkhouse will need to bring their own towel or these can be hired for £1 each.

We can do a pick up service from Ullapool and the surrounding area.  Minimal charges will apply to cover petrol costs.  If you require a pick up service please notify us as early as possible as this service has limited availablity.

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