381 Lochaline to the Wishing Stone

I’m determined to catch the one (and only) bus today, even if it means missing breakfast and setting off in the dark. But I underestimate the time it takes to drive to Drimnin, along a twisting single-track road.

Oh, no! I meet the one-and-only bus coming towards me, and must pull into a passing place to let it go by. Continue reading

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380 Kingairloch to Lochaline (completed!)

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I’ve returned to the Morvern Peninsula to continue my coastal walk. No cycling today – thank goodness – because I can catch the Thursday bus. It leaves from the Lochaline ferry terminal.

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380 Kingairloch to Lochaline (abandoned)

[Note: this walk was attempted on the 29th June 2018]

I camped overnight in a parking area off the Kingairloch road, where a friendly notice assured me that overnight campers were welcome. Continue reading

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Kingairloch (pm)

[Note: this walk was completed on the 28th June 2018]

It’s nearly 5pm by the time I resume my walk. It took me longer than expected to drive back along the twisty coast road, retrieve my Monster bike, and then retrace my journey. Luckily, Scottish days are long in June, and the sun is still shining.

In fact, a farmer is out making the most of this good weather. Literally, he’s making hay while the sun shines.

50 flat farmland at Glen Glamadale, Ruth's coastal walk around Scotland

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379 Inversanda to Kingairloch (am)

[Note: this walk took place on the 28th June 2018]

Last night I camped with The Beast on a track just off the main road. No view of Ben Nevis this time, but a splendid view over Loch Linnhe. There isn’t room for my bike in the van with the bed pulled out, so the bike has to sleep outside. I think this puts it in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

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378 Corran Ferry to Inversanda

[Note: this walk took place on the 27th June 2018]

We’re having an unusually warm summer this year in the UK, and in Scotland I wake up to a beautiful, sunny day, with barely a cloud in the sky. I start my walk from the ferry slipway in Ardgour.

01 pub at Ardgour, Ruth hiking the coast of Scotland

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377 (eve)

I’m driving back towards Ardgour, along the quiet road, when the sun finally decides to make an appearance. Hello sun. Nice of you to show up. Where have you been all day?

Over a bridge and round a bend and – oh no – cattle! Three cows are walking down the middle of the road and they have a couple of tiny calves with them. Thank goodness I’m safely inside my camper van.

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377 Corran Ferry to Camusnagaul

[Note: This walk was completed on the 26th June 2018]

The Corran Ferry is a busy little ferry. The website gives precise crossing times, but in fact the ferry simply shuttles back and forwards continually, carrying traffic across Loch Linnhe. If you travel by car, the short crossing is ridiculously expensive, but if you travel by foot… it’s free!

01 Corran Ferry, Ruth Livingstone coastal walker, Scotland

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376 Kentallen to the Corran Ferry

[This walk took place on the 25th June 2018]

I pack up the Beast and leave my friendly campsite behind. I drive northwards to park at the end of today’s planned walk – near the Corran Ferry – and catch a bus back to Kentallen to start my walk. Continue reading

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375 Duror to Kentallen

[Note: This walk took place on the 24th June 2018. Apologies for the delay in writing it up!]

It was a relief to spend the night in a camp site, to have access to a power hookup, to have an unlimited supply of water, and to enjoy a warm shower. I think The Beast enjoyed it too.

01 camp spot in Duror, Ruth's coastal walk, Scotland

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