Loch Coruisk Walk
The Loch Coruisk Walk may boast the prettiest freshwater scenery in Scotland, making this a must-do adventure if you’re in the Highlands. However, if you’re a spontaneous adventurer, this walk may not be the best choice for you as it requires booking a boat in advance, which we think adds to the uniqueness of this adventure! While the may path may be boggy at points, the incredible mountain vista flanking the loch will hinder you from focusing on your potentially soaking wet feet. (Come prepared with proper footwear if you can!)
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Route Description for Loch Coruisk Walk
Looking for the most beautiful loch in Scotland? Loch Coruisk may be it! The only way to find out? If you check it for yourself. The easiest way to explore Loch Coruisk is to book a boat ride through Bella Jane, making it essential to plan this adventure in advance. Those who fly by the seat of their pants (so to speak) may have to skip this one! We highly recommend doing whatever you can to hop aboard the boat and head to Loch Coruisk, where serene, unspoiled lakefront scenery awaits. However, there is the option to walk to the loch from Sligachan, Kilmarie, or Elgol, with some scrambling required. Note that these make for a long day, and you may not make it around the loch if you go this route.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the path can get boggy—pack proper footwear! Yet, the views will hopefully keep your mind off your wet feet. And some rocky sections will require care!
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Loch Coruisk boasts unreal scenery, where rocky slopes crater a crystal-clear blue loch! Plus, the elevation gain remains low, so it's easy to circumnavigate the loch without getting out of breath.
To start the walk, book a ride through Bella Jane, which heads out from Elgol Village. Look out for seals, porpoises, otters, and dolphins as you ride to the loch! Before you get to the landing point, your boat will pass under Bad Step, where walkers ditching the boat idea will have to scramble. Be happy that you're in the boat!
When you get to land, follow the rough-looking steps inland, with River Scavaig flowing into the sea over rocks on your right and in the distance, check out the faint line of Isle of Rum. Continue following the path by the river, which you'll cross shortly using the stones (if the weather hasn't been too rainy).
When you're across, get ready for a short ascent, where a stunning view of Loch Coruisk unveils itself. You'll then head back down in the direction of the shore (the higher path takes you to a different destination), eventually reaching Allt a' Choire Riabhach. You'll have to cross here, but try to cross via the stones sitting closest to the shore (avoid the path going up). Just after the stream, you'll reach a lovely beach! Continuing, you'll follow the route, which now hugs the loch pretty close. Soon, you'll pass through a section peppered with giant boulders, adding some excitement to the already-stunning adventure.
As you continue to follow along the shore, you'll encounter some rocky areas and boggy sections! Then, out of nowhere, a path of rowan trees will flank the trail just before the loch's head. Pause to bask in the views, where the peak of Sgùrr a Ghreadaidh dominates the background and Sgùrr a Mhadaidh battles for attention on its right. Then, there's also Sgùrr Dubh Mòr in the west. Seriously, the views along this walk are unparalleled. Right after, you'll have to take on another stream crossing. It's suggested to cross right before reaching the outcrop. On the other side, continue down and around the loch.
Notice the flat slabs below your feet, making for a better walking experience. Admire the dark, volcanic rocks that provide a decent grip if needed. But some areas may be slimy and slippery. This part of the walk is also boggy, so be mentally prepared for your feet to get wetter than they already are at this point. To avoid some of the boggier sections, stay right, closer to the loch's shore or go across the slabs above the bogs. Eventually, you'll make it back to River Scavaig, where your boat awaits. Remember that you need to make it back by a specific time. You don't want to miss your boat and have to walk back! That wouldn't be fun. Hop on the boat and ride back to Elgol, where you'll find your parked car.
Located at the bottom of Cuillin in the Isle of Skye, Loch Coruisk boasts phenomenal views. One myth states that this in-land, freshwater loch is not only home to incredible scenery but to a water horse that can morph into human form. In Scottish Gaelic, Loch Coruisk means "Cauldron of Waters."
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I walk to Loch Coruisk?
We highly recommend booking a boat ride through Bella Jane, as the walk may be long and require an overnight camp. And yes, you can wild camp here! However, be sure to check the information before because you never know when rules and regulations will change.
Can I take my dog on the boat ride?
Dogs are allowed, but do let the boat company know that you're bringing your furry friend beforehand.
Insider Hints for Loch Coruisk Walk
- Book your boat ride in advance through Bella Jane—contact them in advance if you're bringing your dog
- It's possible to walk to Loch Coruisk, but this requires planning in advance because you may need to overnight camp if you want to complete the entire 7.0 km lollipop route on top of the walk in
- You can wild camp, but be sure to double-check updated rules and regulations before you go
- Expect boggy conditions, making it essential to wear proper footwear
Getting to the Loch Coruisk Walk Trailhead
To get to the start of the Loch Coruisk Walk, head to Elgol Village to board your boat. Don’t forget to book your ride aboard one of the boats at Bella Jane in advance.
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