433 first part, Ardaneaskan to Kishorn

[This walk was completed on the 6th August 2019.]

Today, I plan to follow a Core Path that links the dead-end road at Ardaneaskan with the dead-end road at Achintraid. It’s going to be a there-and-back walk. The final descent to Achintraid is supposed to be tricky – involving a slippery rock and a piece of rope!

I decide to start my walk at the difficult end, and walk the “wrong” way first, just to make sure I can get through.

In fact, the climb out of Achintraid is much easier than I expect, and the views from the top are wonderful. That’s Loch Kishorn below. Over on the far hills I can see a road winding up a steep valley.

01 setting off from Loch Kishorn, Ruth's coastal walk around Scotland

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422pm Ardaneaskan to Lochcarron

[This walk took place on 5th August 2019.]

It’s raining by the time I pack up my lunch and leave Strome Castle. I walk back to the T junction, and turn right towards Lochcarron. It’s not wet enough to pull on my waterproofs. Put my head down. March through the drizzle.

23 rain-soaked road to Lochcarron, Ruth walking around the coast of mainland Britain

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422am Ardaneaskan to Lochcarron

[This walk took place on 5th August 2019.]

I stayed last night in the Wee Camp Site in Lochcarron. This morning, I steer my Scooty bike along the narrow road that runs beside the shore from Lochcarron to Ardaneaskan, and reach the carpark at the end. Continue reading

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421 Totaig to Ardintoul and back, 2nd try

[This walk was completed on the 16th July 2019]

I drive to the Glenelg peninsula, easing The Beast along the narrow shore road, through Ratagan and Letterfearn, until I reach the last parking place on the road to Totaig.

01 The Beast in parking spot, Totaig, Ruth walking the coast of the Glenelg Peninsula, Scotland

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420pm Strome Ferry to Lochcarron

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

After a short lunch break, I continue onwards. Cliffs rise high to my right, while the railway line snakes along the left-hand side of the road.

51 narrow road under cliffs, Ruth walking the shore of Loch Carron

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420am Strome Ferry to Lochcarron

[This walk was completed on the 15th July 2019]

I get off the train at Strome Ferry, on a glittering bright morning. The train pulls away and leaves me alone on the platform.

01 Stromeferry Station, Ruth walking the shore of Loch Carron

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419 Plockton to Strome Ferry

[This walk was completed on Sunday, 14th July 2019]

I wake up to scattered clouds and a blue sky, and a wonderful view from my campervan looking down over Loch Carron.

01 view from Strome Ferry down Loch Carron, Ruth hiking round the coast of Scotland

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418 Kyle of Lochalsh to Plockton

[This walk was completed on the 13th July 2019]

A railway line runs from Inverness to Kyle, and follows the shoreline for the last few miles of its journey. This means I don’t have to use my astonishingly heavy electric bike (aka Scooty), but can take the train instead!

I park The Beast in Plockton. It’s a weird name – not Scottish-sounding at all – but Plockton turns out to be a staggeringly beautiful place. This was the view from the car park, looking up Loch Carron.

01 beach at Plockton, Ruth walking the coast of the Scottish Highlands

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417 over to Skye

[This walk was completed on the 12th July 2019]

I leave The Beast in the free car park at the Kyle of Lochalsh. The morning is cloudy but dry, and the air is still. I take photographs looking towards the Skye Bridge.

A boat has docked at a nearby quay, and I watch a family group disembarking. I wonder what adventures they’ve been having?

01 parking place, Kyle of Lochalsh, and Skye Bridge

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416 pm Dornie to Kyle of Lochalsh

[This walk was completed on the 11th July]

I cross over the main road, and walk a short way down a minor road leading towards Balmacara Square. Ah, here it is – the footpath (another Core Path) that should take me over the hills to Kyle.

51 footpath to Kyle of Lochlash, Balmacara, Ruth hiking the Scottish coast

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