Day 297: Ullapool to Culnacraig – the Postie’s “Path”

Ross-shire - West, Scotland

Date of walk: 2/6/19

Rain shadow. Luib na Mor-choille, Ullapool, Wester Ross, Scotland.

I thought I’d seen it all by now, but the postman’s “path” to Culnacraig passes over some of the steepest ground I’ve yet encountered. If there weren’t a path to lure me onwards, I’d have turned back. I later found out about several rescues of people stranded or injured here. Below my feet are an abundance of orchids forming a pink, purple and white constellation beside midge-munching sundew plants.

Rain heading down Loch Broom, Wester Ross, Scotland.

The Iron Age promontory Fort, Dun Canna in the foreground, Wester Ross, Scotland.

An easy section of the Postie’s Path with Isle Martin, Wester Ross, Scotland.

A rocky section of the Postie’s Path that runs from Ullapool to Coigach, Wester Ross, Scotland.

The rough and hardly discernible route of Postie’s Path that follows the shore below Ben More Coigach, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Into Coigach, Isle Martin and Scoraig beyond, Wester Ross, Scotland.


The official sign to Achiltibuie implies a well maintained and popular trail which isn’t the case.

The Iron Age promontory Fort, Dun Canna, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Dun Canna and Postie’s Path.
Postie’s Path to Achiltibuie.

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4 thoughts on “Day 297: Ullapool to Culnacraig – the Postie’s “Path””

  1. Scary path! Makes you realise how difficult it must have been to get around in the past. Glad you managed it safely!

    • Thanks, I didn’t film the steepest part either as I felt it needed 100% focus! I reckon people were generally much more coordinated in the past as they walked more and dealt with horses and the like.

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