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.


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.

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Welcome to Forest Way B&B and Bunkhouse

Forest Way delivers quality Bed & Breakfast and Bunkhouse accommodation set in the stunningly beautiful area of the North West Highlands. We are located nine miles south of the idyllic fishing village of Ullapool and offer a peaceful rural setting for guests. The property is nestled between the Lael Forest Garden walks and the River Broom with an abundance of wildlife and delightful walks nearby. The spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach are just two miles away as well as the vast number of mountains and lochs.

Why Visit Forest Way?


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

star rating  What can I say. Stayed for 6 nights while walking the local munros. Ideally located, very clean, brilliant facilities at a very reasonable price. The owner Iain is a top... read more

July 22, 2021

star rating  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

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June 28, 2018

star rating  A cracking wee gem of a place. Very cozy, clean & equipped with excellent amenities. A good place to stop off if you are passing by or if you enjoy... read more

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June 6, 2017

star rating  Stayed as seeing all Scotland . Not stayed anywhere like ot before. Different. Clean room yet dated. 2 bunkbeds and shared kitchen. Had a nice couple next door in opposite... read more

August 31, 2020

star rating  Stayed for a couple of nights in the bunkhouse. Beautiful surroundings - lovely garden and path down to the river. Friendly host who was able to make some great mountain... read more

September 7, 2020

Facebook Reviews

    Great accommodation and base for exploring the hills around Ullapool.

    Robin Wallace Avatar Robin Wallace
    March 31, 2017

    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 🙂

    John-Paul Bell Avatar John-Paul Bell
    March 29, 2017

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

    Graham Young Avatar Graham Young
    March 29, 2017

    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.

    David Pettit Avatar David Pettit
    April 1, 2017

Google Reviews

    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

    John Boardman Avatar John Boardman
    August 2, 2018

    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!

    Zak Scutt Avatar Zak Scutt
    September 7, 2018

    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!

    Nicholas Rudd Avatar Nicholas Rudd
    September 20, 2018

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

    Gianni S. Avatar Gianni S.
    August 24, 2017

    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.

    nichith ratheesh Avatar nichith ratheesh
    January 9, 2019

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

    Caledonia Wanderer Avatar Caledonia Wanderer
    November 18, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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