This walk visits the beautiful Victoria Falls next to Loch Maree in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.
The loch is over 13 miles long making it the fourth largest freshwater loch in Scotland.
You can start your walk at the Victoria Falls car park which is located on the southern side of the loch. The splendid falls are named after Queen Victoria who visited the site in 1877. There are nice trails to follow through the surrounding Caledonian Pinewood Forest and great views over Loch Maree from the elevated position of the falls. The water at the falls comes from the Beinn Eighe mountain to the south. After viewing the falls you can stroll down to the loch shore and visit another viewpoint and car park just to the west at Slattadale.
The area is great for wildlife so keep your eyes peeled for crossbills, Black-throated divers and sea eagles as you make your way along the footpaths.
PostcodeIV22 2HW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Loch Maree Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Loch Maree Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the east of the falls there's the Loch Maree Hotel for post walk refreshment. The hotel dates from 1872 and was visited by Queen Victoria in 1877. They have a small restaurant serving good quality food.
The expansive woods and lochside paths are ideal for dog walking.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south from the falls and you could pick up the Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail. On the circular trail there are more waterfalls and great views back down to the loch.
To the east there's the wonderful Corrieshalloch Gorge to visit. Here the River Droma runs through a flora rich gorge, dropping dramitcally through a series of waterfalls, including the 46 metre Falls of Measach.
At nearby Loch Broom there's another hidden gem at the delightful Ardessie Falls in the Ardessie Burn gorge.
Also nearby is the town of Ullapool where you can climb to the viewpoint at Ullapool Hill and catch the ferry over to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.
To the west there's the Loch Gairloch where you can pick up the Gairloch Waterfall Walk in the lovely Flowerdale Glen.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Scottish Highlands Walks page.