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Inverlael

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A forest in the shadow of the red mountain

As well as the most popular path up Ben Dearg, the red mountain, there are some pleasant routes in the forest, with superb views.

You may notice a small turbine house near the road and a weir across the river Lael close to where the hill path leaves the forest. They’re part of a ‘run of river’ hydro-electric scheme, which uses the natural fall of the stream to generate enough power for a town the size of Ullapool – all with very little impact on the environment.

Walking trails

Walking

Glen Trail

A pleasant walk beneath the rocky slopes of Strone Nea to the impressive gorge of the River Lael. 

Wide, firm gravel track throughout, but uneven and loose in places. Long moderate slopes for 500m. Includes two gates and a bridge.

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2 ¾ miles / 4.4 km

Allow
2 hours

Walking

Quarry Trail

Climb up the forested hillside for some great views of Ben Dearg (‘the red mountain’) and a chance to spot golden eagles soaring overhead. 

Long moderate slopes for over half a mile with some slightly steeper sections. Wide, firm gravel track with uneven and loose parts. Includes two gates and a bridge.

Moderate trail grade icon
3 ¾ miles / 6.1 km

Allow
2½ hours

Activities

If you’re heading for Beinn Dearg, check for advice on hill walking: this is open, wild country and you need to be confident at navigating and properly equipped. You’ll find details of the route on WalkHighlands and MunroMagic, as well as photographs to whet your appetite for the deep rocky corries that plunge down from the dome-shaped summit.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access

You’ll find places to eat and public toilets in Ullapool.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

Inverlael is on the A835 between Ullapool and Garve, about 6 miles (9.6 km) south of Ullapool. A red telephone box makes a useful landmark next to the car park.

Using SatNav?

Nearest postcode: IV23 2RG 

Public transport

Buses between Garve and Ullapool pass the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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0300 067 6100 (option 2)
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Nearby forests

Two men sitting on a bench in front of a mature tree, Lael Forest Garden, Ullapoo

Rare trees and shrubs in our northernmost arboretum

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Arboretum
Arboretum
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Inverlael': 2.94 miles
Coniferous trees

Climb this isolated Munro or enjoy the native woodland on its lower slopes

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Mountain access
Mountain access
Distance from 'Inverlael': 14.02 miles
Trees in sunlight looking out across the sea

Picnic by the shore at this stunning lochside forest

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Inverlael': 14.22 miles