About 2 hours Moderate
This walk covers some of the most unusual and historic landscapes on Glengorm. An Sean Dun is our Iron-age dun fort, and one of two on the estate. Access to this area is via the same route as Loch Mingary (see above) but turns off before the ford at Laorin Bay. The view from An Sean Dun is arguably the best on Glengorm; encompassing almost the entire estate, the beautiful coastline and forest of Quinish, the Isle of Coll, the Isle of Rum and Ardnamurchan. From this vantage point the remains of traditional farming methods used in Scotland up until the 19thC can be seen, often with groups of Red deer grazing on the horizon.
Continuing across the Highland cow pasture, you then enter the abandoned village of Baliacrach. Here, ruined cottages languish between natural outcrops of rock. Some of the houses are well preserved, with one in particular being known for the beautiful carving of a sailing ship in its doorway. These lovely homes were abandoned shortly after the Castle was built and play an integral part in the darker history of Glengorm.
Close to the village, there are excellent opportunities to enjoy Glengorm’s invertebrate and amphibian life. Beautiful demoiselle damselflies are on the wing from May, providing magical courtship displays above ponds bursting with frogs and newts. Hen harriers are seen almost daily quartering the marshy areas and the slopes, with good chances of seeing Golden eagles, Peregrine falcons and Merlins above the ridge. White-tailed eagles also frequent this area.
A walk along the track at the bottom of the ridge will reveal a wealth of upland bird life, without the climb! Species such as Short-eared owl, Lapwing, Wheatear, Stonechat, Whinchat, Skylark and pipits are readily seen. This is also a good area to keep your eyes peeled for Glengorm’s reptilian residents, with Adders and lizards enjoying the warmth of the slopes on sunny days.
- Uneven ground in areas. Can be very muddy. Sheep and cattle-grazed pasture.
- Some steep slopes but mostly flat. Rough stone track for most of the walk.