THURSDAY 28 MAY, 2015
TOBERMORY (MULL) TO AROS BRIDGE
11 MILES 5.5 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL, BILL, GEORGE, STEWART.
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1380 MILES
After another very poor breakfast at the Sonachan Hotel we packed the minibus and drove to Mingary Pier where we caught the 10.00 ferry to Tobermory on Mull. Although the ferry was small the crossing which took 35 minutes was quite smooth and enjoyable. On arrival at Tobermory we found somewhere to park the minibus then enjoyed tea and a cake at the church hall on the sea front. It was a bit overcast when we set off about 11.30 picking up a well marked trail from near the distillery to Aros Park. Stewart and Bill decided to walk with us through Aros Park then returned to collect the minibus. There were a few different route options along this trail but we always opted for the one which kept us closest to the sea. The path although a bit muddy was excellent and we made good progress opting to take the east side path round Lochan a Ghurrabain. We joined a forestry vehicle track south from the south end of the lochan and walked through woodland shown on the O.S. map as Apper Beag. This eventually ended where it met the A848 road. We found another well walked track running parallel to the road which we were able to follow for a short distance until it also ran out where it joined the road at Gualan Dhubh. A patch of dense woodland which sloped very steeply down to the sea forced us to walk on the road. Fortunately the walk on the road was short, (quarter mile), but at this point the heaven opened and we were battered with a downpour of hailstones. After passing the woodland we made our way down the steep hillside of the adjoining field to the sea edge at Rubh’ an t-sean Chaisteil. The sun had come out and the walk along the sea edge was very enjoyable. The carpets of bluebells in the fields and woods were amazing. Just south of Rubh a’ Ghlaisich a narrow but deep and fast running river runs out to sea through a small woodland and we had to be careful to find a suitable spot to cross. As we crossed the river a large clump of what looked like giant lettuce plants growing in a marsh caught our attention…..must try to find out what they are (see photographs). Near Arle we had to detour inland slightly to pass some scrubby woodland and a large marshy area. The rest of the walk passed Rubha Gorm and Kentallen was easy with good underfoot condition along the sea edge. On approaching White House of Aros we moved inland taking a path to the west side of the house which led us onto a minor road which we followed out onto the A848 and the finish of the days walk at Aros Bridge where we met Stewart and Bill. We drove into Salen where we enjoyed a refreshing pint in the very welcoming Salen Hotel before heading back to our accommodation at the Harbour Guest House.
Summary; An excellent day. The ferry crossing was a good start and the walk was really enjoyable with some great views.
Highs; Some great views and in general good walking conditions.
Lows; We could have done without the hailstones.
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