Start at the end of the road from Acharacle to Shielfoot
at NM 659705 on OS Explorer 390.
Drive to the end of the public road, it terminates at Mrs
Sinclair's croft and there is just space for a couple of cars
to park. You could phone Mrs Sinclair first (01967 431 681)
to make sure the space will be available.
Continue along the line of the road to a stile and then carry
on, along the bank of the river. The path is not well-marked
and the ground is rather boggy in places. You will pass a
wooden hut used as a shelter by anglers, with some inscriptions
on the doors.
Continue down the river to the falls, but take care, this
is a very dangerous place. At the falls you turn left and
cross the rocks to a little bay known as the Cairn Pool, you
will see the cairn by the shore.
Continue round the rocks, taking the easiest route and watching
out for the slippery bits by the seaweed. This leads you to
better ground where you can walk easily along the top of the
On your left is a tiny hut like a kennel, used by shellfish
pickers. As you continue round the beach you will see old
stone buildings in the valley on your left, these are the
houses of Old Shielfoot village. Many of the people here were
fishermen catching salmon for the fishery on the opposite
Further along the shore you will see the remains of a row
of small buildings which were probably stores for their gear.
Look along the shore and you may find the outline of a fairly
large building, said to be a chapel, and also a group of unmarked
gravestones scattered among an ancient cairn.