MHG57489 - Old road and track, Loch Meig


Old road and track, Loch Meig

Type and Period (2)

  • ROAD (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • TRACK (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Loch Meig
This part of the glen is comparatively narrow and has steep sides. Loch Meig was formed by the construction of the Meig Dam c1957. The present road traverses the south side of the loch along a strip of birch clad land. Sections of the former, now abandoned, road are very clear to see at a lower level, although much of it is underwater.

Old road(710, 711) - NH 372559 (east end) - NH 351555 (west end).

710 Old road - Three sections of the old road are clearly identifiable. Much of it is a grassy track but the original metalling appears in several places. The road is generally 2 - 2.5m in width and all the sections are prone to flooding at periods of high water
A - NH 37218 55908 (E end) to NH 36864 55880 (W end) - a 350m section of the road, predominately mossy at this point, has a spur/track (713) to a possible old quarry
B - centred on NH 36026 55654 - a 100m section
C - NH 35682 55459 (E end) to NH 35055 55405 (W end) - a 650m section which lies adjacent to the settlement of Balnault and which has a bridge (711) crossing the Allt Bail an Uillt Shios.
The road appears on 1st edition OS and on current OS map.

713 Track – A spur of the old road, 710. It leaves the old road at NH 37122 559056 and runs towards the new road, where there is a possible quarry. The track is metalled, 5m wide by 100m long and may have provided access to the quarry. <1>

Ordnance Survey Mastermap <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NH 3613 5566 (2161m by 512m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH35NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish CONTIN

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