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Coire an Loch loop

Length
14.4 Kms
Elevation gain
452 m
Max elevation
316.8 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
573
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
0 Kms
Dirt road
14.4 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Directions to start point
An easy forest road route in a loop format that offers some lovely views along the way. The runs starts from the Dog Falls car park and straight away you are on the first climb of the route. The sound of the falls can be heard very clearly for about
1.75 Kms
when all of a sudden it all goes quiet.
The first
4 Kms
of this run is in amongst the trees, but at
3 Kms
there is a small add on available of about
1.7 Kms
to Loch Coire. We don't include that in this route, but have included some pictures as it is a very pretty small loch.
So at
4 Kms
the views open up with the village of Tomlich in sight and views to Beinn Bheag and Corrimony nature reserve. At the time of writing we are aware there are plans to locate over 40 huge wind turbines on these hills. This does seem very strange to us as why would you place these in such an area of natural beauty. We live close to a wind farm and have no problem with it at all, but here it just seems wrong. There is a web site available for more information on Glen Affric Friends where the local people are trying to get thier point of view across.
At
6.3 Kms
the route becomes a newer forest road which removes the need to cross the fords as shown on the OS map. This is the start of the main climb that is never too steep and is taking you back towards Loch Beinn a Mheadhoin in Glen Affric. Once the newer part of the forest road ends the views improve and it can feel nice and isolated.
At just over
10 Kms
you join onto the Affric-Kintail trail and from here it is a nice run back to the car park. There are opertunities for wonderful views along this part including a viewing point. Keep looking and don't be affraid to stop and take it all in.
Route directions
Kms
1
Head towards the bridge over the River Affric

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2
Turn left following the red markers

1
3
A short detour to Loch Coire is available to the left. See description and pictures

3
4
Keep to the right heading uphill

6.4
5
The dirt road becomes less well made now. Better running

9.1
6
On meeting the Affric-Kintail path turn right

10.1
7
Take the path on the left back to the car park

13.4
8
And finish back at the car park

14.4
Car park
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Large car park at 2 GBP per day
Uphill from car park
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Early rest maybe
Uphill from car park
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Uphill from car park
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Tee junction
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Heading north
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First of several information signs
In the trees
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In the trees
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In the trees
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Heading south
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Heading south
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Loch Coire detour junction
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Trail to the loch
Loch Coire detour junction
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Loch Coire detour junction
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Beside Loch Coire
Loch Coire detour junction
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At the high point looking down on the loch
Back on the loop
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South side
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Route starts to open up
South side
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The village of Tomich
Good path
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Lovely colours
Good path
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Looking back
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Over the glen
Looking back
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Rainbow tree
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A tree that wants to be a rainbow
Start of main hill climb
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Final descent before the climb
Start of main hill climb
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Up and up, but not too steep
New forest road
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Bridge relacement for the ford
New forest road
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New forest road
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Quarry
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Passwing the quarry
Quarry
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Downhill
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The last of the new road
Downhill
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Back onto the old surface
Back into the trees
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Nice soft running
Back into the trees
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Looks dangerous
Affric-Kintail trail
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The junction for the final section
Affric-Kintail trail
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Heading back
Glimpse of the loch
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The loch through the trees
Glimpse of the loch
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All quiet
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The stillness of the loch through the trees
All quiet
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All quiet
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All quiet
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From view point
All quiet
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View point information
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