Coastal winter ramble from Laide

In the last week the snow has almost completely receded from the high tops. The light & visibility has been at it’s absolute best & it’s been rather mild for the time of year. Just a short ramble from the house along the single track road to Mellon Udrigle is a fantastic wee viewpoint. An Teallach & the hills in the Fisherfield Forest will often be visible and on the clearest of days the distant hills surrounding Kinlochbervie & Torridon can also be seen,  the silhoutte’s of  the Isle of Harris, Isle of Lewis &  the Uists  with The Shiants are  also visible if you are lucky enough to have a haze free day.


It’s not always necessary to climb a big hill to find a fine view & nothing more is truer than Meall nam Meallan. At just 147 metres it really is just a hillock but standing by the cairn with a 360 degree panorama it really is a great view that, at just 25 minutes or so from the road to Mellon Udrigle, is very accessible.


The view towards Gruinard Bay with Sail Mhor (767m) , An Teallach (1062m) Beinn Dearg Bheag (820m) & Beinn Dearg Mor (910m) prominent.IMG_9934

Across the water & heading North. The Coigach (743m) hills are most prominent in the foreground. The very tops of Stac Pollaidh (612m) & Cul Mor (849m) can just be seen behind the Coigachs. Further in the distance the iconic shape of Suliven (731m) & the magnificent Quinag (808m).IMG_9935

On the clearest of days the hills to the far North can be seen.  Suliven & Quinag are the most clearly visible with Foinaven (914m) faintly in the distance. Foinaven is near Kinlochbervie, some 70 miles or so as the crow flies.IMG_9951


From the viewpoint looking south with the small lush settlement of Achgarve & Udrigle in the foreground and Laide in the distance. The hills of Beinn Airigh Charr (792m), Baosbheinn (875m), Beinn an Eoin (855m) & the Torridon hills are all in the distance.IMG_9925

Below, the rugged peaks of the Torridon mountainsIMG_9944

This is a really pleasant short walk to a nearby trig point where the far reaching views over Wester Ross are spectacular. If you are just passing through travelling along the North Coast 500 or are spending some time in the area (which is highly recommended) then this is an ideal trundle to stretch the legs and admire the views.





  1. It’s an amazing view of Assynth in the north! I would imagine that the landscape would be a dream when snow falls! I bought “North West”, it’s a new book of Alex Nail, a great photographer. The images of the snow-capped mountains of the Western Ross and Assynth region are breathtakingly beautiful! So I am looking forward to your post! 😊 Wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Simone

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    1. Hi Simone, wow what a talented photographer it’s very easy to become lost in his photo’s, they are incredible. We walked to the summit of Cul Mor in April and the views over Inverpolly were spectacular but you’re right, we too would love to see the landscape covered in snow. We hope to walk up Stac Polly next spring so a snowy dusting would be very nice. We hope you enjoy spending lots of time perusing Alex’s book and we hope you too have a wonderful Christmas and wish you all the best for a happy 2019. John & Louise

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