Carnach Pools Traditional Geocache
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Welcome to one of the finest and wildest areas in Scotland. The cache is hidden along the River Carnach in the Western Highlands of Scotland.
What makes this area so attractive is its inaccessability and wildness. As a result a visit to this spot should not be undertaken lightly as it involves a challenging trip to just get to the cache location.
PLEASE pack sensible hill walking clothing and gear as you are venturing into a remote, often pathless, uninhabitated area and it is quite possible that you will not see anyone else once you are into the glens.
There are 2 likely routes to access the cache :
A) Via Glen Dessarry starting at the western end of Loch Arkaig (which is itself at the end of a seemingly endless drive along a roller-coaster minor road). Parking here is very limited so best to arrive early and please be careful not to park in the turning area - use the verges nearby. The route involves approximately 12 miles of rough walking but passes through a wide forested glen, past a lovely Lochan ,down to the head of Loch Nevis beside Sourlies bothy then round the headland and up the Carnach River valley to reach the cache site. Phew !
B) A ferry from Mallaig to the village of Inverie (home to the remotest public house in mainland Great Britain, The Old Forge). Then a walk up Gleann Meadail and over Mam Meadail to descend to the ruined village of Carnoch and then up the River Carnach.
The Carnach River Valley is a fabulous place to explore. It is over looked by Sgurr Na Ciche on the East , Ben Aden to the North East , Luinne Bheinn to the North West and Meall Buidhe to the West. There are many deep pools to sit beside and while away an hour or even to take a dip if you are feeling brave ! All of this and not normally another soul in sight.
The cache itself is a small clip top box in a camo bag which contains a log book , pen , pencil and a selection of goodies.
NB : If you are new to the area please research the route before you set out as the paths are often poor and intermittent and the area can be dangerous if the weather turns.
You can return the same way ..... or for a memorable trip why not explore further up the Carnach river valley or down to Sourlies and appreciate the further beauty of this area.
One final note ...... please respect the area and take out all your own rubbish as well as any you encounter along the way.
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