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Gairloch & Flowerdale Area

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Walk 10 - Flowerdale Forest to Loch na h-Oidhche (6 miles) (12 miles including return)

This is an easy but long walk on a good footpath to the wonderful Loch na h-Oidhche which sits between Beinn an Eoin (Hill of the Bird) and Baosbheinn (Wizards Hill), with Sail Mor, Beinn Dearg, Beinn Allign and the mighty Liathach as the backdrop. An excellent walk. (return the same way)
 You could potentially walk straight through and pick up Walk 5, but this would make for a very long day and would be across boggy ground and should only be undertaken on a clear day (we haven't done this yet!).
 

Walk 11 - Flowerdale Forest to the summit of Beinn an Eoin (Bird Mountain) (12 miles include return)

(For more pictures see the Ascent of Beinn an Eoin photo album.)
This is a wonderful walk up to the summit of Beinn an Eoin which provides stunning views into the heart of the Torridon Mountains. As with walk 10 start at the car park near Loch Bad an Sgalaig on the Kinlochewe to Gairloch road. Follow the good path for approximately 3.5 miles to the crossing of the Abhainn Loch na h-Oidhche. Once crossed, via off the path to cross boggy ground to climb Beinn an Eoin by going up Coire Loch an Geala to the bealach. Once up, the ridge is wide and lovely easy walking on grass, which will prepare you for the final steep ascent up to the summit (see picture below). Look out for the golden eagles on the high slopes.

Walk 12 - The Fairy Lochs (including WW2 Liberator War Plane Memorial) (3 mile circular walk)

A fairly easy walk on footpath and over moorland to the Fairy Lochs. The only noise to be heard in this serene place are the calls of the Great throated divers which inhabit the Lochs. It provides wonderful views of Loch Gairloch. Once back at the car we'd recommend driving to the Badachro Inn for some great food!

The Fairy Lochs are also a memorial area to the 9 crew members and 6 passengers of flight B-24-H Liberator Bomber USAAF which crashed on June 13th 1945 while returning to the USA after the end of the war .

The  route home should have taken the Liberator over Stornoway. No-one knows the reasons why they were off course and over the mainland. But whatever the reason was, it appears the aircraft struck the top of Slioch and lost some bomb bay door parts. The plane continued to descend until it broke through the cloud base over Gairloch. It circled once round the loch, possibly looking for a place to ditch, and may have decided on the sea loch itself. The aircraft was on the run in for an emergency landing when they just failed to clear the rocky spurs by the Fairy Lochs. All on board died.
Large areas of wreckage from the plane still remain visible today, and a memorial plaque has been set in the side of the rock, listing those who lost their lives.