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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391 Kilchoan to Glendrian and Port Eigin-aig

[This walk took place on the 14th April 2019]

Today I’m walking through the abandoned settlement, of Glendrian, to reach a tiny bay called Port Eigin-aig. Then, because I have no way of getting back to my car otherwise, I’m just going to turn round and walk back again.

Driving slowly along the minor road towards Sanna, I find a parking place at the start of the path. I can’t see far along the track – just to the brow of the hill. So I set off with a mixture of hope and trepidation. Will the path shown on the map actually exist on the ground?

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390pm Portuairk to Sanna and Kilchoan

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

I don’t want to leave Portuairk, but know I must press on. I nearly miss the rustic wooden sign that points the way to Sanna.

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390am Kilchoan to Portuairk

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

It’s a beautiful, bright morning. I drive back to Kilchoan and heave my Monster of a bike out of the boot. It’s going to be a long walk today, but my bike will help to shorten the final leg of my journey.

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389 pm Glenmore to Kilchoan

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

I spot a group of people walking up the hill above me, and I decide to leave the road and take the path. Those other people must be seasoned walkers and they must know the way. All I have to do is follow them.

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389 am Glenmore to Kilchoan

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

I’m not in a good mood. This morning, I must catch the one-and-only bus of the day, and its starting point is getting further and further away from my B&B, so I must set off in the car while it’s still dark.

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388 (afternoon) Borrowdale to Glenmore

[This walk was completed on the 11th April 2019]

I’ve only walked 8 miles this morning, and still have plenty of energy despite my early start. So, I decide to continue a little further. I could use my monster of a bike and do a there-and-back route – but I decide to do a circular walk instead.

The bike looks at me reproachfully from the boot of the car, but I harden my heart, and set off down the road. Soon I come to a sign for the Ardnamurchan Natural History and Visitor Centre.

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388 Salen to Glenborrodale

[This walk was completed on the 11th April 2019]

I get up early, skip breakfast, drive to Glenborrodale, and catch the one-and-only bus of the day from Glenborrodale to Salen, where I’m dropped off at the Salen Hotel.

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