Walk 5

 

Carrick Castle Walk 5 is approximately 4 hours round-trip walk from the castle to the Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres). This walk starts at the north end of the village and ends up climbing the heights on the way up to Cruach nam Miseag mountain (606 metres) with great views of the surrounding mountains and on the way down of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle. Just after the pond on Walk 2 there is a track that doubles back to the left. (If you see the 'old rubbish tip' on the right of the track you have gone too far and missed the turning.) The track you turn off on to is a farm quad bike track that goes to the lochan. You need to take a map if you go this way in case the visability becomes poor. This track is the start to Walk 5 and from this point to the large 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 fit and prepared and it is not one to be done on the spur of the moment... See Walk 6 if you wish to extend your walk to Cruach nam Miseag. See the photographs of how to get there...

Walk 5 - At the north end of the village walk up this track.

Walk 5 - Climb over the gate and you are on your way...

Walk 5 - Keep straight on at this junction on the track for Walk 5. The turning to the right takes you on Walk 1.

Walk 5 - Looking back over the view of Loch Goil. 

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

Walk 5 - Turn right here for Walk 2. It's approximately 3 hours round trip to the lochan from here and back to here. The track ahead takes you on Walk 3. 

Walk 5 - It's a long trek uphill on Walk 5. 

Walk 5 - Walk 5 can be seen from the Visitor's Mooring as it cuts its way up the hillside towards Cruach Mountain. 

Walk 5 - Walk on up past the gate that may be open or closed. 

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

Walk 5 - Walking up the track with Cruach Mountain in the distance. 

Walk 5 - When you reach this pond just after it there is a track that doubles back to the left.  

Walk 5 - Look out for the small wooden post on the corner as this is where the track turns off left towards the lochan - the track will be either wet or icy! This track is a farm quad bike track that goes to the lochan and beyond. You need to take a map if you go this way in case the visability becomes poor. This is the real start to Walk 5 and from this point to the Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres) and back will take you couple of hours. From the lochan you can traverse the plateau towards Cruach nam Miseag mountain (604 metres) 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...

Walk 5 - The start of the track to the lochan. 

Walk 5 - A view to the north from the lochan track 

Walk 5 - This is the first of a few burns to cross on this track. 

Walk 5 - The track proceeds up the hill... 

Walk 5 - The track goes up and around the hillside 

Walk 5 - And... on up... 

 Walk 5 - Many parts of the track are wet and also icy in winter...

Walk 5 - Where the water flows over the rocks there are large icicles in winter! 

Walk 5 - Watch out for ice in winter and a wet track in the summer... 

Walk 5 - Another view of Cruach when nearing the lochan. 

Walk 5 - First view of Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres).  

Walk 5 - Look back towards Carrick Castle - you can just see Loch Long. 

Walk 5 - Still on the track towards the lochan. 

Walk 5 - View of Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres) with Craig Sgoilta (767 metres) and Caisteal Dubh (779 metres) behind. 

Walk 5 - Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres).  

Walk 5 - View of Lochan nan Cnaimh (400 metres) with Craig Sgoilta (767 metres) and Caisteal Dubh (779 metres) behind. 

Walk 5 - View to the north over Lochan nan Cnaimh. 

Walk 5 - Lochan nan Cnaimh ruined shieling. 

Walk 5 & Cruach - Looking down on Lochan nan Cnaimh from Cruach. Allow another couple of hours for the round-trip walk to the top of Cruach nam Miseag (606 metres) climbing up from the back of the mountain. There is no track to it... 

Walk 5 & Cruach - And for the adventurous this is Cruach nam Miseag (606 metres) from close to... 

Walk 5 & Cruach - Looking down on Lochgoilhead from Cruach nam Miseag... 

Walk 5 & Cruach - The view of Loch Goil and Carrick Castle from Cruach nam Miseag Coll (570 metres). From up here on a clear day you can see the Isle of Mull and Arran...