4 miles on good track and over moorland
This is an easy walk offering stunning views of Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Loch Torridon. It passes through both moorland and lovely old scots pinewoods and rhododendrons.
The walk starts at the River Balgy, on the A896, where there is parking for two or three cars either side of the bridge. The walk starts by following the footpath sign for Annat. This is a good track and makes for easy walking, passing through huge rhododendrons and eventually takes you past an impressive log cabin and out onto open moorland. The views over to Beinn Alligin and Liathach are impressive, so make sure you have your camera with you. This whole area is part of the Ben Damph estate, and during the stalking season this area can sometimes be used for target practice, as is evidenced by the somewhat large metal stag targets. Go straight head when you reach a t-junction and continue to follow the track through the forest, which has now become an impressive mixture of Scots Pine, rhododendrons and many other plant species.
Continue along the track, which provides lovely glimpses of hidden bays, and you eventually meet a track coming from the right. Ignore this and continue straight on until you meet a track on the left with a metal barrier across the track. Turn left and go around the barrier and follow the track for a short distance, approximately 100 metres. You now need to look for the path which goes off to the right. The start is a little boggy, and it can be difficult to spot, especially as a new ditch has been dug across the junction with the track. If you find yourself still on the track passing by a low cliff, you have missed the turn so will need to double back on yourself. Once you’ve located the path it becomes much easier to follow, taking you through some lovely woodland. To the right the woodland drops down to a hidden bay, which is often frequented by Roe deer, so keep your eyes peeled.
After winding its way through the woods the path re-joins the track; turn right following the track to its end which brings you to a lovely red door cottage with the most stunning views of Beinn Alligin and Liathach. If the sun is out this is a fantastic photo stop. The path now passes through a small stand of pine trees and starts to curve left, now providing fine views over upper Loch Torridon and Beinn Damph as it does so. The path eventually cuts the track again, which you now follow back to the metal barrier. Turn right and retrace your steps all the way back to the car.