Walking around Loch Morar
The area around the loch is a walkers’ paradise. The surrounding hills, although not of the Munro or Corbett heights, offer magnificent views stretching as far as Ben Nevis in the east to the magnificent Cuillins and further to the Hebrides in the west.
To enjoy these magnificent views the walker must arm him/herself with the local O.S. maps (Sheet 40, Mallaig & Glenfinnan at 1:50,00 or Explorer 398 Loch Morar & Mallaig).
There are only three clearly way-marked paths in the catchment, being Glasnacardoch to Lochs Nostarie and Eireagoraidh, Bracorina to Tarbet and Allt an Loin to Loch a Bhada Dharaich. All three are well used and provide a different aspect of the area.
The longest of the three is the 7.5 kilometre (signed as 7½mls!) path along Loch Morar side to Tarbet and is frequently used as the first section of a round trip which involves a boat trip (bookable) from Tarbet to Mallaig.
The short walk from Glasnacardoch to Loch an Nostarie has recently been upgraded and has a firm surface and is reasonably suitable at present for pushchairs /disabled access.
The third path is the legacy of the timber removal (Scots Pine) that took place in the late 1940s/early 50s following the demand for timber after the war and follows the burn for most of its way to a perfect picnic spot by the Loch.
To further appreciate the special views of the catchment area one is well advised to walk, using the aforementioned maps, on the hills on the south side of the Loch. The easiest access is from the village of Arisaig, climbing via the obvious radio mast to the summit cairn of “Sgurr an t-Sasunnaich” then continuing along the ridge until such time as either the camera is full or the legs can take no more!
Details of further access points to “Meoble” (approximately half way up the Loch) and “Oban” at the head of the Loch can be had from the local Ranger.
Contact Angus Macintyre (Ranger) 01687 462 983