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Glen Hurich (Polloch)

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A wild, remote glen with sweeping views of Loch Shiel

Deep and winding Glen Hurich (Gleann na h'Iubraich) is thickly wooded, and one of the most productive forests in the area. The woods, rivers and lochs here are full of wildlife – watch out for red deer, golden eagles and the rare black throated diver.

Explore the quiet trails here for superb views of Loch Shiel, Loch Doilet and the River Polloch, and discover the fascinating ruined lead mines at Corrantee.

Oakwoods once grew all along the Atlantic coast from Norway to Spain. The woodland here at Glen Hurich is a rare surviving fragment of those ancient forests. Once home to a thriving community producing charcoal, bark for leather tanning and timber for building, more recently the woods were planted with non-native coniferous species which stopped the oak wood species expanding. Now, with community support, the conifers are gradually being removed and the oakwood habitat restored.

These semi-natural woodlands are home to some of the best collections of lower plants (plants which do not flower) in the whole of Europe. The clean air, moist climate and long continuity of woodland cover have combined to produce ideal conditions for lichens, mosses and liverworts. On the edges of the Sunart oakwoods in early summer, you might also be lucky enough to spot the rare chequered skipper butterfly.

Walking trails

Walking

Badger Point

Follow the River Polloch to this birch-studded headland on the shore of Loch Shiel with great views into the mountains of Moidart.

Wide, firm gravel and grassy surface with uneven sections. Includes a number of steep slopes.

Strenuous
2 ¾ miles / 4.4 km

Allow
1½ hours

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Visit in the late afternoon for spectacular sunsets in the west. This is also a great time to watch out for wildlife – you might even spot the nocturnal residents of Badger Point!

A landscape photo of Badger Point in the sunshine

Facilities & access

Parking
Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area

Exploring Glen Hurich

The Polloch car park is an excellent spot to start exploring the area. However, do be aware that there is usually forestry work going on in this area. For your own safety, please obey any signs.

Please note, beyond the carpark there is a private road, no unauthorised vehicles are allowed beyond this point.

Life's essentials

You'll find public toilets, refreshments, shopping and information at nearby Strontian.

Getting here

From Strontian, follow the unclassified road over the hill to Polloch village. The car park is at the end of the public road.

Using SatNav?

PH37 4LX is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There are buses from Fort William to Strontian every day except Sunday. Find timetables at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6650 (option 1)
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