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Falls of Glomach, Highlands | Isle of Skye

Falls of Glomach
Standing at a height of 375 feet, the Falls of Glomach are one of Britain’s tallest waterfalls, possessing the largest single drop section of any waterfall in the British Isles. Despite the name Glomach, meaning gloomy, the falls are an area possessing wondrous natural beauty and possessing quite breathtaking scenery. On a good day you are treated to magnificent views of the falls and the picturesque surrounding countryside and, when the weather is not so good, you are treated to some wonderfully moody misty scenes around the falls.

Situated in the Scottish Highlands, near to the Kyle of Lochalsh , where you can cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye , the falls make a worthwhile stop for anybody on a hiking tour of the area. When visiting the Scottish Highlands, you will be assured of legendary hospitality of the local Highlanders, as well as some of the most dramatic and mountainous scenery that the British Isles have to offer. There is a variety of accommodation available, including many camping and caravanning sites. You can access the area by rail or by road via the A87.

The walk from Strath Coe is probably the easiest way to gain access to the Falls of Glomach. From the car park to the falls is about four miles of steady climb.  Whilst not an especially arduous walk, those who are of moderate fitness would expect to need some five hours for the round trip. To reach this route you need to take the A87 and turn off at Morvich. You will need to look for the private road to Strath Coe, as the sign posts for the Car Park for the Falls of Glomach will take you to a different path, which is longer. The mists can come in unexpectedly fast and very thick round the falls, so the inexperienced hiker is warned to take extra care as it is easy to get lost once the mists come down.

Alternatively, you can take the longer walk from Morvich. This route will take you past the old bridge at Gob Na Roinne and beyond the rocky waters of Allt Choinnechain and the gentle slopes of Ant-Sroin, where you can see the Red Deer grazing. The views of Strath Coe and Maell Sguman are no less impressive on the return. There is a bit of a climb on the initial part of the return but once dispensed with it is downhill all the way.

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