Corrieshalloch Gorge

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Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach
Viewing Platform at Corrieshalloch Gorge

Corrieshalloch Gorge (Scottish Gaelic: Coire Shalach, meaning unattractive corrie) is situated on the Droma River 20 km S of Ullapool (between the A832 and A835 roads near Braemore) in the Scottish Highlands. It is 1.5 km long, 60m deep and formed at the end of the last ice age (10-13,000Y BP) by rapid erosion caused by meltwater. The 46m Falls of Measach (Gaelic: Easan na Miasaich, meaning waterfalls of the place of platters, with reference to the pot-holes worn by the action of the water[1]) can be viewed from a viewing platform and a Victorian suspension footbridge. The gorge and surrounding area are owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

Access to the footbridge is via a 300m path from the car park on the South side of the gorge. There is a charge of 1 UK Pound payable using an honesty box at the start of the path. A viewing platform has been installed which projects out into the Gorge.

The bridge was closed to the public in 2010 following the discovery of unacceptable wear and tear, but was reopened in January 2011 after temporary repair work. It was closed again in the winter of 2011/12 for longer term repairs. Shortly before it was due to be reopened in April 2012, consulting engineers discovered cracks in several deck support hangers, and the entire site, including gorge-side paths, was closed until these could be replaced. It fully re-opened in late May 2012 after refurbishment and repairs were completed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watson, W. J. (1996 reprint). Place Names of Ross and Cromarty. P252

Coordinates: 57°45′19″N 5°01′13″W / 57.7552°N 5.0204°W / 57.7552; -5.0204