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The Falls of Glomach from Morvich Walk
Author - Paul Gasson
Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Ascent - 2300 feet / 697 metres
Grade - moderate
Start - OS grid reference NG980223
Lat 57.246655 + Long -5.3497284
Postcode IV40 8HG (approx. location only)
These falls have been called the Hidden Falls, as they are difficult to access, and even more difficult to see, and more than a few people who have set out to see them have failed! They are not the highest falls in Britain, that honour belongs to the Eas a Chual Aluinn (200 metres - 658ft) in Sutherland, but the Falls of Glomach boast the biggest single drop of 113 metres or 375ft and are far and away the most impressive. The name Glomach means gloomy, and these falls can certainly be that in poor weather.
This route starts from the Forestry car park near Morvich (Grid ref NG980223). To reach it take the A87 from Kyle of Lochalsh towards Shiel Bridge, then leave this left, soon after passing through Inverinate, on a road signposted Morvich. After about 1.3km take the single track road going straight ahead when the main road bears right, and ignore the car park sign suggesting you follow the main road. The well surfaced road, with speed humps, ends at a pleasant woodland car park with some picnic tables, and the track to the falls is signposted to the left.
At the T junction bear right, and at the next fork, bear right again, soon crossing the Allt an Leoid Ghainoamhaich on a bridge. A little further on you reach the edge of the forest and emerge into open hill country. Crossing a bridge the track, now just a footpath, climbs steadily up the hillside to reach the highest point on the path, Bealach na Sroine at about 500 metres. If you are as fortunate as we were, deer can be seen on the hills around here. The path at the bealach is fairly level for a while, but be warned, this is serious, wild hill country and the mist can come down quickly, making careful navigation essential.
The path starts to fall, giving good views into the valley far below, and the first glimpse of the top of the falls as the river plunges almost 500ft. into a narrow, twisting gorge. The path then zig zags down steeply to reach the valley floor, and becomes very faint and vague as it traverses off to the left, over boggy ground, to reach the head of the falls. If the mists are down it is all to easy to become lost here, and in any weather the area around the falls is particularly hazardous, with steep, slippery grass and unprotected drops into the abyss. The thunder of the falls fills the air hereabouts, as does the almost permanent haze of spray wafted upwards on the air currents. It is possible to continue a little further left on a hazardous path to gain a slightly better view of the top part of the falls, but eventually the decision has to be made to return by the outward route to the car park.
As with all waterfalls, they are at their most spectacular after heavy rain, but in those conditions they are also at their most hazardous. If you have any doubts about your navigation or general 'hillmanship', it may be better to go on one of the Ranger escorted tours during the summer months.