Falls of Measach (Corrieshalloch Gorge)

Braemore / Ullapool, Scotland, UK (Great Britain)

About Falls of Measach (Corrieshalloch Gorge)


Hiking Distance: 1.2 miles round trip (both falls and Loch Broom view)
Suggested Time: 1 hour (both falls and Loch Broom view)

Date first visited: 2014-08-25
Date last visited: 2014-08-25

Waterfall Latitude: 57.75569
Waterfall Longitude: -5.02102

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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.

The power displayed by the thunderous drop of the Abhainn Droma (Gaelic for Droma River) reverberated within the confines of the Corrieshalloch Gorge, which allowed me to envision why the gorge was as deep as it was.

Corrieshalloch_033_08242014 - The Falls of Measach in the Corrieshalloch Gorge
The Falls of Measach in the Corrieshalloch Gorge

During my visit, I was able to get a closeup look of the waterfall from right above on a bouncy suspension bridge spanning the gorge.

I was also able to get a more frontal view of the Falls of Measach from a lookout further downstream (which you see pictured above).

Experiencing Falls of Measach

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”.

Corrieshalloch_022_08242014 - The suspension bridge spanning the Corrieshalloch Gorge above the Falls of Measach
The suspension bridge spanning the Corrieshalloch Gorge above the Falls of Measach

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.

Corrieshalloch_014_08242014 - Looking right down at the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridge spanning the Corrieshalloch Gorge
Looking right down at the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridge spanning the Corrieshalloch Gorge

This was where I got perhaps my most satisfying photos of the waterfall.

However, the harsh lighting from the morning sun worked against me, which conspired to keep me from taking photos that I’m sure could have 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.

That said, that statement only holds true as long as the gorge doesn’t fill up with fog or mist to reduce visibility.

Experiencing the view of Loch Broom

Corrieshalloch_007_08242014 - The so-called 'Kissing Gates' at the Corrieshalloch Gorge
The so-called ‘Kissing Gates’ at the Corrieshalloch Gorge

After having my fill of this spot, I then returned back up to the kissing gates.

Then, I 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 lake.

After having my fill of this spot, I returned to the car park to end the excursion.

Corrieshalloch_056_08242014 - The view of Loch Broom from the end of a spur trail to the left of the 'Kissing Gates' at the Corrieshalloch Gorge
The view of Loch Broom from the end of a spur trail to the left of the ‘Kissing Gates’ at the Corrieshalloch Gorge

Overall, this pair of out-and-back hikes took me a little less than an hour.

However, I could easily envision 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.

Authorities

The Falls of Measach resides near Ullapool in Ross-shire, Scotland. It is administered by the National Trust for Scotland. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Corrieshalloch_009_08242014 - On the trail leading down to the suspension bridge across the Corrieshalloch Gorge
Corrieshalloch_010_08242014 - Descending towards the suspension bridge over the Corrieshalloch Gorge
Corrieshalloch_011_08242014 - About to walk on the bouncy suspension bridge above the Corrieshalloch Gorge
Corrieshalloch_021_08242014 - Looking downstream from the suspension bridge revealing the narrowness and the depth of the Corrieshalloch Gorge
Corrieshalloch_026_08242014 - First look back at the Falls of Measach from the overlook further downstream
Corrieshalloch_037_08242014 - Context of the lookout with the most satisfying view of the Falls of Measach
Corrieshalloch_045_08242014 - Last look at the Falls of Measach from the suspension bridge as I made my way back to the Kissing Gate
Corrieshalloch_048_08242014 - Climbing back up to the Kissing Gates after having my fill of the Falls of Measach and Corrieshalloch Gorge
Corrieshalloch_050_08242014 - Now I was on the walking path leading me to the view of Loch Broom
Corrieshalloch_051_08242014 - This path to the Loch Broom vista followed along the A832 for a short stretch
Corrieshalloch_053_08242014 - Context of the view towards Loch Broom from the end of the spur trail out of the Kissing Gates' left side
Corrieshalloch_057_08242014 - Finally, the view of Loch Broom
Corrieshalloch_065_08242014 - As I was returning to the Kissing Gate, I noticed the old car park for Corrieshalloch Gorge down below

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To drive to the Falls of Measach and the Corrieshalloch Gorge from Inverness, we went about 8.5 miles on the A9 towards Tore.

Then, we 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.

Corrieshalloch_001_08242014 - Sign at the old car park for the Corrieshalloch Gorge directing us to go to the Kissing Gates instead
Sign at the old car park for the Corrieshalloch Gorge directing us to go to the Kissing Gates instead

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.

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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