434 Inveralligin to Craig’s Bothy (part 1)

[This walk was completed on 8th August 2020]

It’s a thrilling, downhill, free-pedalling ride to Lower Diabaig, where I leave my bike chained near the beginning of a footpath. This is the path that should take me all the way to the famous Craig Bothy.

01 bike at the start of the path, Ruth's hike to Craig Bothy and back, Scotland

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433 Annat, Torridon to Inveralligin

[This walk took place on the 7th August 2020]

I cycle through Annat, and leave my Monster Bike on a grass bank beside the road, hidden by a bank of ferns.

001 The Monster bike at Annat, Ruth walking the coast of Scotland

There’s Torridon, just across the water, sitting under the steep slopes of the mountains. Not far away, but I must walk around the top of the loch to reach it. Continue reading

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Interlude: a tale of two infections

Infection number one: a tricky rash

I meant to return to Scotland in September, but… that rash in my groin – the one I thought was a sweat rash because I noticed it after a soggy bicycle ride – well… it didn’t go away.

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432 Lochaline Link walk

[This walk was completed on the 16th August 2019.]

Instead of heading straight back home from Loch Torridon, I’ve returned to the Morvern Peninsula, where I leave my Scooty bike a couple of miles outside Lochaline, at the turn off to Kinlochteacuis.

Filling in the section of my coast walk requires my trusty bike

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431 Shieldaig to Annat, Loch Torridon

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

It’s a treacherous cycle ride to Shieldaig, along a surprisingly busy road. I leave my Scooty bike chained up by a gate, and set off walking… well, actually, I sit on a bench overlooking Loch Shieldaig for a while because first I need to recover from the bike ride.

It’s a beautiful morning.

01 bench at Shieldaig, Ruth's coastal walk around Scotland

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430pm Ardheslaig to Shieldaig

[This walk was completed on the 14th August 2019]

The road twists, turns, and dips up and down. It’s very pretty really but, after the excitement of the ‘proper path’ this morning, the rest of today’s walk seems a bit of a slog.

23 twisting road to Sheldaig, Ruth walking the south bank of Loch Torridon, Scotland

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430am Kenmore to Ardheslaig

[This walk was completed on the 14th August, 2019]

It’s a dull morning, and I leave my Scooty bike chained up in the layby near Kenmore.

01 Scooty bike at Kenmore, Ruth walking the south bank of Loch Torridon, Scotland

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429 Cuaig viewpoint to Kenmore

[This walk was completed on the 13th August, 2019]

This morning, I park my van (The Beast) near the hamlet of Kenmore, and cycle back to the Cuaig viewpoint, where I stow my Scooty bike behind a boulder. Looking ahead at the road, I can see it leaves the shoreline and heads northwards in a series of swinging curves. 

01 view to Fearnmore, Ruth hiking the coastal road from Cuaig to Kenmore, Applecross

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428 Sand to Cuaig viewpoint

[This walk took place on the 12th August 2019]

I spend the morning sheltering from the rain in my van, before driving up from Applecross, and parking at a beautiful viewpoint just south of Cuaig.

Pull on my waterproof trousers and zip up my raincoat. Hop onto Scooty, and sail down the road to the parking spot at Sand, where I hide Scooty in a clearing surrounded by dripping bracken.

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427 Applecross to viewpoint at Sand

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

I am determined to cover a good distance today, and make up for some of the ‘wasted walking’ I’ve been doing along dead-end paths at the bottom of the Applecross peninsula.

But, the narrow, twisty single-track road along the coast is hard to navigate. When I pull into a car park, believing I have travelled miles, I discover I’m only half way to my intended destination.

Decide I’ll do the walk in two sections, and set off cycling back the way I’ve come. Leave my Scooty bike beside one of the newly planted trees along the shore road in Applecross.

01 Scooty at Applecross, Ruth's coastal walk around Britain

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