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Tumore (Loch Assynt) to Gleann Leireag (along base of Quinag)

Quinag is one of the best known & most magnificent mountains of the far north-west. However, if a traverse across its’ tops is not for you then there’s a fantastic low level walking route that runs along a beautiful glen on the western flanks of Quinag.
The walk is between Tumore (on the A837 between Lochinver & Inchnadamph) & the B869 (the Lochinver to Kylesku coastal road). The walk is a little over 7 km long & runs over Bealach Leireag & through Gleann Leireag. The walk can be done in either direction. This is a linear walk so you’ll need to leave a car at either end.
The walk gives great close up views of the many imposing & dramatic buttresses, spires & fluted turrets of Quinags’ western flanks. There are many rock & ice climbing routes on the cliffs you pass; Assynt Tower, Drumbeg Tower, The Wind Pipe, The Gulley of Nedd, to name a few. If you’re lucky you might see a Golden eagle soaring or a Peregrine falcon. John Muir Trust manages the Quinag Estate, through which part of this walk passes. The walk is very scenic, enjoyable, with variety & interest & a comfortable distance for most.
The path starts on the A837 at Tumore. (Grid ref. NC 18205 26717). There’s a lay-by parking area located between the path start & the house of Tumore. It’s on the Loch Assynt side of the road.
Pass through the gate at the start of the path & follow the path around the house of Tumore & in a north east direction. The path climbs steeply but steadily up to Bealach Leireag, a broad col between Greag na h-lolaire & Quinag. When you’re reached the small unnamed lochan at the col you’ll have climbed 174 m & done 1.75 km. The ascent is mostly over.
Follow the well defined path in a north west direction. Ahead of you the going is mainly downhill. It’s 5.45 km to the B869 with 220 m of descent & only 54 m of ascent. The path parallels the Uidh an Leothaid & then skirts Loch an Leothaid & then the adjoining Loch Uidh na h-larna. The path continues on to a footbridge immediately before the B869. All along the way, on a clear day, the views are stunning. You may wish to detour slightly from the path to view some of archaeology on this walk.
Old shieling huts at Grid Ref. NC 18511 28901.
The pre-clearance township of Glenleraig. (Cleared in 1812). The township area includes the only known souterrain (underground store) in Assynt, which is thought to be part of an Iron Age settlement on the site. The main concentration of surviving post-medieval buildings are located between the path & the Abhainn Gleann Leireag roughly around grid ref. NC 1604 3072.
A post medieval watermill (1560 AD to 1900 AD) beside Abhainn Gleann Leireag on the north bank at Grid ref. NC 1555 3098.

If you’ve left a car on the B869 hopefully you’ll have done so in the gravel bay aside the road, just west of the footbridge at the walk end. (and not in a passing place). Parking here is very limited so if there’s no space try further west, at Loch Nedd.

Tumore (Loch Assynt) to Gleann Leireag (along base of Quinag)
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