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Gaelic: Dubh-chàtharaigh/(Duchairidh.) "The black place of broken moor."

The River Douchary is an unknown gem to most.

There are several beautiful waterfalls, which end in refreshing pools. Clear, clean water has carved out an incredible gorge, with a variety of swimming holes.

The highlight for me is the pool on a river bend; a natural amphitheater tucked into the gorge. Here, an unusual stack of rock sticks out of the river, an example of the fascinating geology.


Not the easiest to reach! Either Mountain Bike in along the estate road (permitted in Scotland under Scottish Outdoor Access Code) from Ullapool, past Ullapool Quarry. Follow the road (gets very rough!) to East Rhiddoroch Lodge, then follow river on foot.

Alternative: Walk in from Leckmelm, on A835. Follow rough track north, then branch off to reach river. Map and compass ideally needed.
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  • Prone to Flooding

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River swells in spate. Occasional branches swept down.

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