424am Kishorn to Bealach na Bà

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

I stand beside the village shop in Kishorn, and watch the minibus disappear down the road with a mix of excitement and trepidation. No backing out now. I’m committed to walking up the Applecross road, and over the infamous Bealach na Bà pass.

01 bus dropping off at Kishorn, Ruth's coastal walk Scottish Highlands

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423 second part, Ardaneaskan to Kishorn

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

When I reach Loch Reraig on my return walk, I don’t retrace my footsteps and follow the footpath signed towards Leacanashie. Instead, I keep going straight along the track, and soon cross over the Reraig Burn via a low bridge.

I stand on the bridge and take a photograph. The burn meanders in lazy curves to join the waters of Loch Reraig. So beautiful.

18 footpath over Reraig Burn, Ruth walking the coast of Scotland

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423 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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