398 Silver Walk and Ardmolich

[This walk was completed on the 10th May 2019]

I drive to the Forestry Commission car park for the Ardmolich woods, a sloping area of tarmac near the top of a steep hill. A large information sign suggests a stroll around the woodland, while a smaller sign tells me this is the beginning (or the end) of the Silver Walk.

01 Ardmolich, carpark, Ruth's coastal walk, Loch Moidart

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397pm Castle Tioram and Silver Walk

Time to leave Castle Tioram and complete my circular walk – well, my figure of 8 walk, to be totally accurate. I climb down off the rocks, shrug my rucksack onto my shoulders, and set off across the causeway.

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397am Shiel Bridge to Castle Tioram

[This walk was completed on the 9th May 2019]

I have planned a circular walk today. I drive up the narrow road to Doirlinn (or Dorlin – take your pick), leave my car at the end of the road near the castle, march back down the road, and look for the footpath that should take me over the hills and down to Shiel Bridge.

The start of the path is hard to find. I end up in a lumbar yard (not the right way)…

lumbar yard

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396pm Ardtoe to Shiel Bridge

[This walk was completed on the 8th May 2019]

I’m very pleased I decided to walk up to Ardtoe and discovered those beautiful beaches. Now I must walk back along the road. With less incentive to stop and take photographs, I make rapid progress.

On the way, I meet a couple of cyclists coming towards me up a hill. The man in front  leading the way…

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396am Arivegaig (Kentra Bay) to Ardtoe

[This walk was completed on the 8th May 2019]

I drive back to Arivegaig, on the edge of Kentra Bay, and park at the end of the public road. It’s a beautiful day, and I’m the only person here.

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395 Singing Sands (Gortenfern) to Arivegaig

[This walk was completed on Tuesday 7th May 2019]

I park in a little carpark at the end of the public road near Arivegaig, Kentra Bay. It’s only 8 miles to Ockle, says a footpath sign, but I’m not going as far as that. Just back to the Singing Sands at Gortenfern to pick up my walk where I left off yesterday.

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394 Ockle to Singing Sands (Gortenfern)

[This walk was completed on Monday 6th May 2019]

I drive down the winding single-track road to Ockle (love that name!), where I park at the end of the road, next to a car and an old boat.

It’s a beautiful day. Blue skies and a cool breeze. Perfect walking weather. I follow the farm track up the hill, where a farmer is shooing his sheep into a field. Continue reading

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393 Achateny to Kilmory and Ockle

[This walk was completed on Sunday, 5th May 2019]

I’m back in Scotland, and determined to finish walking around the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. I think some coastal walkers did this section in a couple of days. I seem to have been here for weeks and weeks!

Drive back to the farm at Achateny, and park on the same grass verge as I did before. There’s another car here, belonging to a dog walker.

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392 Port Eigin-aig to Achateny

[This walk was completed on Monday, the 15th April, 2019]

It’s a dull and windy day. I park near a farm at a place called Achateny, and walk along to where the public road stops, at a place called Fascadale. From there I follow a farm track, and then a path (of sorts), until I reach the spot where I ended yesterday’s walk.

I’m back at the lonely little cove of Port Eigin-aig.

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391 (pm) Kilchoan and Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

[visited on Sunday, 14th April 2019]

After my short walk this morning, I should be buzzing with energy, but I feel strangely tired. My first priority is to find somewhere to buy food. So, I drive into Kilchoan and follow the signs to the village shop. It is closed. How frustrating. The next shop is 15 miles away, and no guarantee that one will be open either. Continue reading

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