Corrieshalloch Gorge & The Falls Off Mesach

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Walk across the suspension bridge as the River Droma rushes through a mile-long box canyon below. A short, steep walk from the car park along a good path takes you to the suspension bridge, which sways slightly. Walk across the 25m long bridge stopping to enjoy the vertigo-inducing view of the river below if you dare! Then stand on the cantilevered viewing platform on the opposite side of the gorge and look down onto the crashing 45m high Falls of Measach. You may also catch glimpses of Loch Broom from here. As an added bonus, the gorge is even more spectacular when its raining or after a recent wet spell. As well as the path leading to the suspension bridge and viewing platform, the gorge can be explored by following two short trails. This mile-long canyon, through which the River Droma rushes, takes its name from the Gaelic for ugly hollow. But thats as far from the truth as can be. Corrieshalloch is one of the most spectacular gorges of its type in Britain and provides striking evidence of how glacial meltwater can create deep gorges. The meltwater followed natural faults in the bedrock during several episodes of glaciation during the Quaternary ice ages, between 2.6 million and 11,500 years ago. A short steep walk will bring you to a Victorian suspension bridge, where you can gaze down over a series of crashing waterfalls. Breathe in the Corrieshalloch air, infused with pine scents and droplets of water, and let the noise of the thundering waterfalls and the rushing river rumble through you. The suspension bridge was built by John Fowler, the pioneering engineer responsible for the worlds first underground railway and joint chief engineer on the iconic Forth Railway Bridge. Corrieshalloch Gorge is designated a National Nature Reserve in recognition of the spectacular gorge and the surrounding woodland. It is also home to a nationally rare species of cranefly, which benefits from the wet dead wood in the shaded areas of the property.

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