Off to Skye Loch Coruisk!

The old Ferry

I am heading over to Skye camping at Coruisk with the Moray Mountaineering Club, we have the use of the JMCS hut and I taking my tent with me as the hut is great but a bit small it sleeps 8.  I will be getting the Bella Jane ferry weather permitting leaving from Elgol today and praying for good weather. Its a long drive over up at 0500 but will be worth it to be in this special place.

2007 Bella Jane boat trip to Loch Coruisk.

The Bella Jane is easy and safe to board with 100% non-slip surfaces and an elevated level open deck giving excellent views.
We have a weather canopy and wheelhouse seating for passenger comfort and shower capes are also available on board.We give an informative commentary on every trip which brings colour and depth to your visit. This is also available (in text form) in German, French, Italian and Spanish. Over our 25 years the Bella Jane and AquaXplore have been featured on TV many, many times – including the Travel Show, Wish You Were Here, Coast, Grand Tours of Scotland and many other documentaries and films.During the trip to Loch Coruisk we visit the resident seal colony which lives on the small islands at the foot of the mountains. Males and females can be seen as well as new born pups from mid June.

Coruisk from the slabs of the Dubhs Ridge

 I love this place so much and it will be great no matter what the weather, this ice scooped loch makes this a specail place to visit. In wild weather it can be very remote and access can be awkward and when the streams rise it can be hard to get back.”The hut has nine bunks, bring your own sleeping bag and ear plugs. Gas lights & cooker, all utensils, running water and a loo. I’ve heard the midges have started early this year so repellent might be useful. The hut is very small.

To get into Coruisk you have three options – walk in from Elgol which is about six miles; Via the Bad Step and a big river crossing.

The Bad Step !


You can kayak; or take the Bella Jane from Elgol. Full details here There are four or five scheduled sailings a day, weather dependant.

Loch Coruisk has been visited by some famous people: Sir Walter Scott, Boswell and Johnson and the painter JMW Turner.


The view from Elgol. Photo Chris Morrison.

Coruisk is believed to have been formed around 280,000 years ago by glacial activity. The last glacier retreating about 10,000 years ago. Coruisk – Coir Uisg in Gaelic – means corrie of water.It is advisable when taking the walk to Loch Coruisk to wear sturdy shoes or walking boots.Dogs are very welcome but we advise you to contact us prior to your trip.

Lets see how the weather goes.




About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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