The Road to the Isles

This photographic tour was inspired by the famous Scottish song "The Road to the Isles" which first appeared in 1917 in a book entitled "Songs of the Hebrides" and has remained popular ever since.

It's the far Cuillins that are pullin' me away
As step I wi' my cromack* to the road.
It's the far Cuillins that are puttin' love on me
As step I wi' the sunlight for my load.

Sure by Tummel and Loch Rannoch
And Lochaber I will go
By heather tracks wi' heaven in their wiles.
If it's thinkin' in your inner heart
That braggart's in my step,
You've never smelled the tangle o' the Isles.

It's the far Cuillins that are puttin' love on me
As step I wi' my cromack to the Isles.
It's by Shiel water the track is to the west
By Ailort and by Morar to the sea.

*crooked walking stick

In keeping true to the lyrics, our tour starts at Loch Tummel in Perthshire heading west past Loch Rannoch and the River Gaur to Rannoch Station.

We then head north into Lochaber on the path to Loch Ossian, Corrour and Loch Treig then over the Lairig Leacach path to Spean Bridge and onward to the Caledonian Canal at Gairlochy.

From Gairlochy we take the Canal towpath to Banavie near Fort William and then head west to Glenfinnan at the head of Loch Sheil. It's then westward to Loch Ailort and Loch Morar to our final destination at Mallaig and Loch Nevis where we catch the paddle steamer "Waverley" over to Skye.

Pitlochry -- the starting point east of Loch Tummel

Loch Tummel from the "Queen's View."

The River Gaur on its way to Loch Rannoch near Rannoch Station

Loch Laiden near Rannoch Station

A glimpse of Schiehallion on the path from Rannoch Station to Corrour

Evening light, Loch Ossian

Deer in Corrour Forest

Daybreak at Corrour

Corrour Station, Leum Uilleim in the background

Looking east to Loch Ossian from the slopes of Leum Uilleim

Looking down on Loch Ossian from Meall na Lice

The Grey Corries from the Corrour to Loch Treig path

Creaguaneach Lodge near Loch Treig

Cruach Innse and Sgurr Innse from the Lairig Leacach path

The lighthouse at Gairlochy

River Lochy looking north east to Glen Gloy

View to Ben Nevis from the Caledonian Canal at Banavie

The Caledonian Canal at Corpach, Ben Nevis in the background

The Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Sheil

Loch Sheil at Glenfinnan, Sgurr Guibhsachain in the background

View to Roisbheinn from the Lochailort to Meoble track

The River Meoble (flows from Loch Beoraid to Loch Morar)

Loch Ailort from Roshven

View across Loch nan Uamh to the Isle of Eigg from the Peanmeanach track

Bothy and ruins at the deserted settlement of Peanmeanach

The islands of Rum and Eigg from Camusdarach on the road from Arisaig to Morar

Loch Morar

Loch Nevis and the mountains of Knoydart from Mallaig

Paddle steamer "Waverley" at Mallaig harbour

Over the sea to Skye on the "Waverley"

Click here for map of the route taken.

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