The Falls of Measach are one of the most impressive locations in North Scotland.
Located on a section of the Corrieshalloch gorge walk, the 100m drop is impressive!
Below is my guide with photos, map and info to plan your visit.
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Why visit the Falls of Measach in Scotland?
In the narrow Corrieshalloch gorge, River Droma plunges over 100m down over several steps.
Its longest drop are the Falls of Measach for 45m (148ft).
The Falls of Measach are one of the most impressive waterfalls in Scotland.
And the bonus is that it is an easy stop along the road with a short walk to the bridge over the chasm.
Below is a short video showing you the force and height of the Falls of Measach in the narrow slot of the Corrieshalloch gorge.
About the names Corrieshallock and Measach
- The gorge Corrieshallock takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘ugly hollow’
- The Gaelic name of the falls is "Easan na Miasaich" which means "waterfalls of the place of platters" in reference to the potholes.
More photos after the planning tips.
PLANNING TIPS and Map - Falls of Measach, Scotland
How to get to Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach location - Map
- In North Scotland, North end of the Wester Ross region (see the Coastal Trail drive)
- Along A835 where it crosses with A832
- Just 20min drive (12 miles) South of Ullapool
- And 1 hour drive from Inverness
- Below is a map to help you locate it
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Falls of Measach Walk - Tips
- It is an easy place to stop
- No facilities
- Access is free
- Well-maintained easy path to the bridge
- Steeper slopes to the other viewpoints
- Plan 20-25 minutes if you just go to the bridge and back - but longer if you walk to the platform or the lower viewpoint
- This is not for people with vertigo
Where to stay nearby?
Your best options is the town of Ullapool that is very close - See the best rated accommodations
Where to stay in Scotland?
- Edinburgh to explore the fascinating city - see best rated accommodations
- Portree central to explore the isle of Skye - see best rated accommodations
- Glencoe to take the time in the magnificent valley - see best rated accommodations
- Ullapool for the West coast on the North 500 - see best rated accommodations
- Thurso for the North coast and ferry to the Orkneys - see best rated accommodations
- Kirkwall to explore the Orkneys - see best rated accommodations
- Inverness for the famous Speyside whiskies - see best rated accommodations
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Access to the Corrieshalloch Gorge Walk carpark
While driving on A835, most signs do not indicate the Falls of Measach but the Corrieshalloch Gorge.
There is a carpark and a gated entrance.
Near the gate you can find a Corrieshalloch Gorge walk map with the different viewpoints and walking trails:
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The Falls of Measach walk
The path to the bridge is easy, well maintained and has a gentle slope.
It will take you less than 7 minutes (320m).
The best viewpoint is from the Corrieshalloch suspension bridge over the chasm (sorry this is the only picture I took of it; I was fascinated by the falls...).
It was built in 1874 by Sir John Fowler and it is 25m long.
Access to the other viewpoints require to walk on steeper tracks.
Chasm of the Corrieshalloch Gorge, Scotland
The Falls of Measach are located by a steep-sided chasm called Corrieshalloch gorge.
This gorge was not formed by the river currently running through it. It is thought to have been cut in the Ice Age by a strong river flowing beneath a glacier.
It is around 1.5km (9,3 mi) long and reaches 60m (200ft) in depth
There are actually several waterfalls in the gorge. They occur where layers of rock are more resistant to erosion.
The whole area is a National Nature Reserve protected by a trust.
From the bridge you clearly see the narrow chasm.
- On one side, at eye level you can see the river flowing into the big drop.
- One the other side you are 45 meter above the ground and can see how narrow the chasm is
The main attraction of the place is the 45m drop of the Measach Falls.
Being able to see it from above, from the bridge is very impressive.
If you have vertigo DO NOT GO on the bridge. This is really impressive and dizzying.
The roar of the water plunging in the chasm and the green of the leaves surrounding it make the experience quite special.
You almost see the bottom on these photos of the waterfall of Measach, this is a 45m drop!!!!
Impressive but not so easy to photography from above...
The Viewing Platform
There are 2 other viewpoints.
If you cross the bridge you can walk down to a platform (metal platform above the gorge) and see the falls of Measach with the bridge above.
It is not for those with vertigo.
The path is not flat on the other side of the bridge
Other highlights of North Scotland to consider visiting:
- The magnificent Isle of Skye - read my best-of guide
- The magnificent Wester Ross region - read article
- The famous Loch Maree - read article
- The North Coast - read article
- The Sinclair Girnigoe Castle - read article
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