Falls of Measach (Corrieshalloch Gorge)

Braemore / near Ullapool, Ross-shire, Scotland

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 2
The Falls of Measach in the Corrieshalloch Gorge

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INTRODUCTION

The Falls of Measach (Easan na Miasaich in Gaelic; meaning waterfalls of the place of platters) was the 46m waterfall at the head of the mile-long box canyon known as the Corrieshalloch Gorge. In addition to being my waterfalling excuse to explore the deep Corrieshalloch Gorge, the power displayed by the thunderous drop of the Abhainn Droma (Gaelic for Droma River) reverberating within the confines of the gorge further allowed me to envision why the gorge became as deep as was on display during my visit. I was able to get a closeup look of the waterfall from right above it while standing on a bouncy suspension bridge spanning the deep gorge. Plus, I was also able to get a more frontal view from a further lookout downstream of the falls as pictured at the top of this page.

The excursion began from a new and established car park right off the A832 road (see directions below). There were a pair of gates swinging in opposite directions so I guess it was dubbed the "kissing gate". In any case, I started off by taking the right gate, which descended a couple of long switchbacks until it reached the suspension bridge spanning the gorge in less than 10 minutes (320m). Once I stepped onto the suspension bridge, I made my way towards the middle, where I joyfully peered down into the abyss and saw the Falls of Measach tumbling right beneath me. As I looked further downstream, I could appreciate the depth of the Corrieshalloch Gorge while also noticing the further viewpoint that I knew would afford me a more direct view back towards the falls.

So once I got past the suspension bridge, I then followed the trail downstream along the rim of the gorge for another 5 minutes until I was finally on the lookout platform looking back towards the Falls of Measach. This was where I got perhaps my most satisfying photos of the waterfall (the photo at the top of this page was taken from this spot), and if it weren't for the morning sun working against me, I'm sure the photos from this spot would've also been postcard quality. Alas, I think this excursion was one of those rare times where it was actually better if it was overcast or even rainy as opposed to sunny like it was during my visit (as long as the gorge doesn't fill up with fog or mist to reduce visibility).

After having my fill of this spot, I then returned back up to the kissing gates, then took the left gate and walked a short distance (about 10 minutes) to a distant top down view of Loch Broom. This viewpoint showed how the valley downstream of the deep Corrieshalloch Gorge eventually met with the scenic Loch Broom. And after having my fill of this spot, I returned to the car park to end the excursion. Overall, this pair of out-and-back hikes took me a little less than an hour, but I could easily envision how if we had more time at our disposal, we could have joined these hikes as part of a larger loop trail (1.1km in length) taking in both sides of the top of the Corrieshalloch Gorge as well as all the things I had mentioned already.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the view of Loch Broom from the trail leading out the left entrance of the Kissing GateThis was the view of Loch Broom from the trail leading out the left entrance of the Kissing Gate
About 37 miles north of Corrieshalloch Gorge was the beautifully-situated ruins of Ardvreck Castle.  Little did I realize that there was also a waterfall there.About 37 miles north of Corrieshalloch Gorge was the beautifully-situated ruins of Ardvreck Castle. Little did I realize that there was also a waterfall there.
Just a short distance north of Ullapool and Loch Broom was a roadside stop for Deep Freeze Mountains, which were these strangely-shaped peaks set amidst moorish landscapes reminiscent of IcelandJust a short distance north of Ullapool and Loch Broom was a roadside stop for Deep Freeze Mountains, which were these strangely-shaped peaks set amidst moorish landscapes reminiscent of Iceland
About 45 miles north of Corrieshalloch Gorge was the small village of Kylesku which was where boat tours for Glencoul, Loch Beag, and the Eas a' Chual Aluinn Waterfall were basedAbout 45 miles north of Corrieshalloch Gorge was the small village of Kylesku which was where boat tours for Glencoul, Loch Beag, and the Eas a' Chual Aluinn Waterfall were based
The Kissing GateThe Kissing Gate

On the trail leading down to the suspension bridgeOn the trail leading down to the suspension bridge

Looking down at the suspension bridgeLooking down at the suspension bridge

About to walk on the bouncy suspension bridge above the Corrieshalloch GorgeAbout to walk on the bouncy suspension bridge above the Corrieshalloch Gorge

Looking right down at the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridgeLooking right down at the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridge

Looking downstream from the suspension bridge revealing the narrowness and the depth of the Corrieshalloch GorgeLooking downstream from the suspension bridge revealing the narrowness and the depth of the Corrieshalloch Gorge

Looking back at the suspension bridge as I continued onwards to the next overlookLooking back at the suspension bridge as I continued onwards to the next overlook

First look back at the Falls of Measach from the overlook further downstreamFirst look back at the Falls of Measach from the overlook further downstream

A closer examination of the Falls of Measach. Note that given the brightness of the morning sun, I wondered if this might be better photographed under overcast conditionsA closer examination of the Falls of Measach. Note that given the brightness of the morning sun, I wondered if this might be better photographed under overcast conditions

Last look at the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridge as I made my way back to the Kissing GateLast look at the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridge as I made my way back to the Kissing Gate

Now I was on the walking path leading me to the view of Loch BroomNow I was on the walking path leading me to the view of Loch Broom

This path followed along the A832 for a short stretchThis path followed along the A832 for a short stretch

Finally, the view of Loch BroomFinally, the view of Loch Broom

As I was returning to the Kissing Gate, I noticed down below the old car park for Corrieshalloch GorgeAs I was returning to the Kissing Gate, I noticed down below the old car park for Corrieshalloch Gorge


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


View of the falls and the Corrieshalloch Gorge from the distant lookout


Sweep of the falls from the suspension bridge directly above it


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Inverness, we went about 8.5 miles on the A9 towards Tore, then went left onto the A835 and followed it for 37 miles to its junction with the A832 road. Turning left onto the A832 road, we continued for another 0.6 miles as we would ultimately reach the new car park and its "kissing gates." There was a pay and display parking fee of 1 pound, I think.

Note that about 0.6 miles west of the A832/A835 junction along the A835 was another fair-sized paved car park with what appeared to be restroom infrastructure. But apparently this stop was no longer in use as a sign here said to go back towards the aforementioned Kissing Gate car park along the A832 as described above.

Overall, this entire drive from Inverness to Corrieshalloch Gorge took about an hour though it could easily be a bit longer if you're caught behind slow moving vehicles with very few opportunities to pass. Note that had we gone in the opposite direction from Ullapool (perhaps the nearest town to the Corrieshalloch Gorge), it would only be 12 miles (under 30 minutes drive).

For context, Inverness was 57 miles (90 minutes drive) southeast of Ullapool, 155 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Edinburgh and 169 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of Glasgow.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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