Walk 2



Carrick Castle Walk 2 is approximately 2 1/4 hours round-trip walk from the castle to the end of the track. This walk starts at the north end of the village and ends up climbing the heights to the coire beneath Cruach mountain (606 metres) with great views of the surrounding mountains and on the way down of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle. See the photographs of how to get there... At the end of the walk call out and hear the echos! At the end of the track it is 180 metres high. For those wanting longer walks you can climb up the mountainside to the left of Cruach and go to the lochan (400 metres) or even to the top of Cruach (604 metres) but take a map...

Walk 2 - At the north end of the village walk up this track - 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours round-trip to do Walk 2 from here to the end of the track and back to here.

Walk 2 - Climb over the gate and you are on your way...

Walk 2 - Keep straight on at this junction on the track for Walk 2. The turning to the right takes you on Walk 1.

Walk 2 - View looking back over Loch Goil and Carrick Castle from Walk 2

Walk 2 - Straight on here for Walk 2 & 5. The turning to the left takes you to the water treatment plant!

Walk 2 - Turn right here for Walk 2. It's approximately 1 1/4 hours round trip to the end of the track from here and back to here. The track ahead takes you on Walk 3.

Walk 2 - It's a long trek uphill on Walk 2.

Walk 2 - Walk 2 can be seen from the Visitor's Mooring as it cuts its way up the hillside towards Cruach Mountain.

Walk 2 - Walking up the track...

Walk 2 - Looking back over Carrick Castle and Loch Goil.

Walk 2 - Walking up the track with Cruach Mountain in the distance.

Walk 2 - The track continues on up... Just after this pond there is a track that doubles back to the left. This track is a farm quad bike track that goes to the large lochan. You need to take a map if you go this way in case the visability becomes poor. This is the start to Walk 5 and from this point to the lochan and back will take you couple of hours. From the lochan you can traverse the plateau towards Cruach mountain and climb up the mountain that will take you a further couple of hours round trip. There are fantastic views from the top but this walk requires you to be prepared and it is not one to be done on the spur of the moment... Keep going straight for Walk 2.

Walk 2 - The track is not all uphill...

Walk 2 - A view of other mountains from the track including the Cobbler.

 

Walk 2 - The track continues...

Walk 2 - The end of the track on Walk 2.

Walk 2 - The view of the mountain ridge from the left in a series of four photos...

Walk 2 - Next view to the right...

Walk 2 - Next view to the right...

Walk 2 - And the last of the four views - Cruach mountain.

Walk 2 - View on the way down...

Walk 2 - Carrick Castle and Loch Goil in view again on the return...

Walk 2 - View of Loch Goil

Walk 2 - View of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle further down the track.

Walk 2 - Looking back to the Arrochar Alps...

Walk 2 - A final look back to Cruach mountain.

Walk 2 - A close up of Cruach mountain...

Walk 2 - Looking down on Carrick Castle. The blue Visitor's Mooring is the outer buoy to the left in the picture.