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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416 am Dornie to Kyle of Lochalsh

It’s another rainy morning. The weather forecast promises it will cheer up later. Difficult to believe at the moment, but the Met Office short-range forecast is rarely wrong. I make myself a late breakfast in The Beast.

01 rainy day breakfast in The Beast, Ruth's coastal walk around Scotland

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415 Shiel Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle

[This walk took place on the 10th July 2019]

Last night, I moved my Beast to a campsite further along the main road, and spent several hours this morning sitting in my van watching the rain lash down. Then I noticed the sky was lightening up and the rain had stopped. Come on! Time to get out and do some walking.

It’s a late start – nearly 11am by the time the bus drops me off at the junction at Shiel Bridge. By this time, the sky has darkened and – of course – it’s spitting rain again.

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414pm Totaig to Shiel Bridge

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

I leave my Scooty bike parked at the end of the road, and set off to walk the 6 or 7 miles back to Shiel Bridge. It’s been a frustrating morning, but this road is really lovely and a joy to walk along.

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414 am Totaig to Ardintoul

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

This morning is bright and sunny, and I’m very optimistic as I cycle from Shiel Bridge along the edge of Loch Duich. Today I plan to complete the walk I failed to complete yesterday. Yes, today I’m determined to find the elusive path from Ardintoul along the Lochalsh Trail, and I’m going to find it by walking through from Totaig.

At the end of the public road, I park Scooty behind a convenient tree. Here, a track leads onwards to Totaig.

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413b Ardintoul to Kylerhea Ferry

[This walk was completed on the 7th July 2019]

I turn my back on Ardintoul Point and follow the track around the edge of the bay. The track divides, and the branch running closest to the shore is cordoned off with red and white tape. I take this as the equivalent of a ‘no entry’ sign, and walk along the beach instead.

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413am Kylerhea to Ardintoul Point

[This walk took place on the 7th July 2019]

I spent last night in a camp site at Shiel Bridge. This morning, I face a 12 mile ride over the Ratagan pass on my Scooty bike, a steep climb which just gets steeper and steeper. Eventually the incline defeats me – even with full electrical assistance – and I must get off and push the bike up the final 1/2 mile. Continue reading

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