Slochd a' Mhogha from Inverie

Slochd a'Mhogha

This walk will take you right into the heart of the Slochd a' Mhogha, a little visited yet fascinating geological landmark on the Knoydart Peninsula. The walk starts by in the the lively and well managed forest above Inverie before ascending open land to reach the stunning ravine of the Slochd a' Mhogha. Instead of walking across the rim of the ravine, this walk takes you down into the floor of the ravine for a unique view up at its stunning Mica Schist cliffs. There is plenty of wildlife along the way, the first time I did this walk I saw Red Deer, Buzzards, Common Lizards and my first ever Golden Eagle. The views over Loch Nevis are awesome. This is a great walk for those who are staying in Inverie and want to do a fairly short and different walk.

Route Directions

  1. This walk starts from the Old Forge at grid reference NG766000. The Old Forge is mainland Britain's most remote pub, situated on the wild and wonderful Knoydart Peninsula. The pub is the social hub of the village of Inverie and home to an incredibly welcoming self sufficient community.
  2. Inverie is only accessible by either boat or an eighteen mile walk in over high mountain terrain. There are regular small ferries from Mallaig harbour, situated forty miles west of Fort William. Visit the Knoydart Foundation website here for ferry information.
  3. The Old Forge can be seen from Inverie harbour. To reach it just turn right from the harbour and walk along the road for a hundred and fifty metres. From the Old Forge head north west along the road for thirty metres then turn right up the rough forestry track.
  4. Ascend the track for seventy metres then follow it as it turns left behind the luxury accomodation of Knoydart House. Continue asecending the track until you reach the junction with Bobs New Road.
  5. Here you should see some information boards with maps of the mountain bike and walking routes around the forest. Turn right on to a path into the forest.
  6. The path snakes up through the forest until it reaches a sloped man made track that looks like some kind of old quarry incline. Follow this incline until it reaches a junction of tracks. Here again turn right on what is known as the Skyline Trail.
  7. The path heads south east now passing forestry on the right and more natural woodland on the left. After a while it will reach a wooden viewpoint. Well worth a stop on a clear day to gaze over Loch Nevis to Eigg and Rum.
  8. From the wooden view point building a small path goes directly up hill behind it away from the main track. Ascend this mossy path through the forest. It will turn sharp right then pass a wooden bench at the top of the hill. Keep to the same path and cross the Allt Camas na Meinne into the dense forest.
  9. Continue along the path through the dense forest until it reaches another path. At this path turn left and continue ascending up hill. After a while it reaches another junction, again keep to the same theme of ascending up hill by turning left and ascending towards the top of the forest.
  10. The path crosses the Allt Camas na Meinne again then comes to the area below the top fence of the forest. Here look out for a white wooden stile over the fence on the right. Follow a rough path to the white stile and cross over it onto open land.
  11. On the other side of the stile turn right to round a stone wall then start the arduous ascent of the pathless grassy slope. You will find yourself above the roof of the forest with stunning views over Inverie and Loch Nevis.
  12. On warm clear days look out for Buzzards and Eagles that can often be seen flying above the forest. This grassy slope is also home to reptiles like the Common Lizard that you may see winding its way through the grass at your feet.
  13. A five hundred metre slog up the grassy slope will get you to the edge of the incredible Slochd a' Mhogha ravine. This is a fantastic view point on a fascinating geological feature.
  14. Head down the steep slope to reach the floor of the ravine at its southern end to the trickling waters of the Allt Slochd a' Mhogha. This is a sheltered spot giving a v shaped view towards Loch Nevis and an over powering view from below up to the huge crumbling cliffs of Slochd a' Mhogha.
  15. The word Slochd is the Gaelic word that describes a hollow which this most certainly is. I am not sure where the word Mhogha comes from, the only place I can find reference to it is in the early centuries when Ireland was split by religion the south was called Leath Mhogha which transaltes to Mogh's Half.
  16. The Knoydart peninsula is made up of mostly metaphoric rocks, formed by the process of Metamorphism where the original rock is recrystallised and reshaped by unimaginable heat or immense pressure. The huge Mica Schist cliffs of the Slochd a' Mhogha are a fine example of this type of rock. Looking up at the cliffs you will see dark and sparkling Mica Schist with layers of white Quartzite. The screes under each cliff are well worth combing for examples of this unique geology.
  17. From the Allt Slochd a' Mhogha ascend in a south east direction up on to the shoulder of the south ridge coming down from the cliffs. Do not follow the Allt Slochd a' Mhogha as it takes a rather steep and dangerous route down.
  18. You will find yourself on the south ridge coming down from Sgurr Coire Chionnichean. Descend the grassy slope in a south east and then south direction keeping the Allt Slochd a' Mhogha ravine on your right.
  19. You will eventually be able to see the track from Inverie and the white deer gate above the forest and woodland. You need to descend the steep grassy fern covered slopes to the track. There is a small square shaped reservoir to the left of the track.
  20. When you reach the track do not turn right through the large white deer gate. Instead look for a small gate on the other side of the track which has a sign post to the Knoydart in a Knusthell path.
  21. Head through this gate and follow the path by the Allt Slochd a' Mhogha through stunning woodlands. After two hundred and fifty metres the path turns right with the stream and passes a saw mill on the left then an abattoir on the right.
  22. At the end of the path turn right along the tarmac road and follow it along the shoreline for a kilometre to reach Inverie.
  23. At Inverie the Knoydart Foundation have setup an information centre where you can learn all about the fascinating history of Knoydart. No better way to finish a walk than a visit to the warm and welcoming Old Forge where you will find a friendly atmosphere, real ales and freshly caught seafood.

Maps for this walk

Paper maps for this walk

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GPS files for this walk

Route map of this walk

Photos & Trip Reports

Slochd a' Mhogha from Inverie

Planning for a walk

Check the weather

The weather is a very important part of hill walking. Weather conditions and daylight hours will dictate where you walk, what gear you will need to carry, how far you walk, and may even decide if you go at all. The following links will help you gather information on weather conditions for areas of Britain...

Plan your journey

Planning your journey before you set off for your walk can save you vital hours on the day. You need to make sure you know the area surrounding your starting point as many factors can influence or change the place you park. Don't forget change for parking meters and fees.

Maintenance of your vehicle and being ready for breakdown situations when driving to remote areas is also vital. Pack a full spare petrol can in your boot, and take de-icing tools in winter, including a shovel. The Transport Direct website below is a great resource for anyone wanting to get to the start of their walk using public transport...

Pack the right gear

Carrying and wearing the right gear is essential for walkers to remain comfortable and safe while hill walking in Britain. However, the best gear in the world is of no use to anyone who doesn't know how to use and care for it. Knowing how to use your gear will give you a much more enjoyable experience. The following items are, in my opinion, the essential items to wear and carry for a hill walk in Britain. It would be foolish to head into the hills and mountains of Britain without these essential items and the knowledge of how to use them. Check out the gear section of this site for techniques and gear lists...

  • Footwear
  • Clothing
  • Rucksack
  • Warm Clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Map & Compass
  • Emergency Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food & Drink
  • Seasonal Gear

Know what to do in emergencies

It is good practise to tell someone where you are going, and when you expect to return. If you don't get in contact when you said you would on your return, and those you told can't get hold of you, at least they will be able to provide the search party with your general location.

Emergency equipment in the check list above means items such as a survival bag, whistle, and emergency food rations. This isn't anything special; any whistle will do, the orange emergency bags only costs a few pounds, and basic food rations can consist of a couple of chocolate bars. Carrying a head lamp is also an important component and a vital piece of kit used for signalling when you require rescuing.

You should always try and get out of a difficult or emergency situation using your own gear, knowledge and energy. If you cannot do this, then you should dial 999 and ask for the police. Use all the gear you have to keep any unwell or injured members of your party or yourself safe and warm, and use your signalling devices to let the rescuers know your whereabouts. To do this blow six good long blasts on your whistle, or flash six flashes of your torch. Stop for one minute. Repeat. Carry on with the whistle blasts until someone reaches you, and don't stop because you've heard a reply.

Never contact mountain rescue unless absolutely necessary, but on the other hand don't ever feel guilty for having to do so, especially if you are a prepared walker. The Mountain Rescue teams are full of fantastic like-minded souls who love nothing more than people who are prepared for being safe in the mountains.