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GO WILD – UP NORTH BEN MOR COIGACH RESERVE


In the wild, otters can be hard to spot. Seeing the signs of than seeing the animals themselves. Along riverbanks and waterways, look for five-toed footprints (about 6-7cm long) and droppings or ‘spraints’.


flood plain where it meanders gently to the sea. It is rich in trout, sea trout and salmon.


02 A burn and narrow valley: Tis burn is fed from Loch Sgeirchean 200m


above in the hills. Te power of the water has carved out a narrow gorge. Tere is a nice stand of holly and rowan trees and a single large oak tree. At one time there would have been woodland along much of the Postman’s Path, and you will find some fragments as you walk, typically in places that are inaccessible to grazing animals.


03 Sandstone cliffs and views to the south: High up on the side of


Beannan Beaga is a section of amazingly sculptured sandstone. Tousands of years of exposure to wind and ice has carved the rock to look like an old elephant’s skin. To the south you will see Isle Martin with fulmars wheeling around the cliffs. And beyond that the peaks of An Teallach (the forge) and Beinn Ghoblach (the forked mountain). Directly below you at the northern end of the shingle beach are the remains of the Iron Age fort of Dun Canna.


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04 Bog pools and western views: On a small plateau there is a beautiful


bog pool complete with bog bean. Looking to the west you will catch a first glimpse of the summit ridge of Ben Mor Coigach. Further west, you will see the Summer Isles peppering the sea, and on the horizon the Western Isles.


05 Wild land: You are now three rough miles from the nearest road. Look


around you and see if you can see any signs that man was ever here? Close your eyes and see if you can hear any man-made sounds? Tis is wild land, you are alone and free! Tis is a good place to scan the sea for whales, dolphins and basking sharks.


06 Geodha mor: Be careful with navigation here. Te route takes


you inland up the side of the Garbh Allt burn until you reach a safe place to cross. Tis ford is a little piece of highland perfection with a series of waterfalls framed by trees and the mighty ridge of Ben Mor Coigach towering over you.


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07 Aspen trees: Te route traverses the steep flank of Garbh


Choireachaean and passes through some woodland fragments, some dominated by beautiful aspen trees shimmering in the breeze.


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