SATURDAY 30 MAY, 2015
AROS BRIDGE TO CRAIGNURE
16 MILES 7.5 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL, BILL, GEORGE, STEWART.
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1396 MILES
After yesterday’s unforgettable trip to Iona and Staffa it was back to our coast walk and the last walk of the May 2015 week, Our accommodation on Mull was the excellent Harbour Guest House in Tobermory (more about that after the walk write up) After a good nights sleep and an excellent full breakfast we set off in our minibus back to Aros Bridge. Again Stewart and Bill dropped us and we arrange to meet them at points along the route which allowed them to walk back to meet us. It was dry but cloudy when we set off walking on the grass area beside the A848 towards Salen. As we approached Salen Bay we stopped to view and photograph three extremely dilapidated boats on the beach at the side of the road. It was obvious they had all at sometime in the past been working boats earning their keep at sea. Walking round the edge of the sea we made our way to the pier in Salen where we spoke to John Grieve a diver and salvager who is the current owner of the three boats who told us some of the history of the boats.From Salen pier we were able to walk on the grass area beside the sea passed Eileanan Bana and on to the long shell and gravel beach at the airstrip. Just south of the airstrip the river Forsa runs out into the sea and we followed the river inland for a short distance to a pedestrian bridge where we crossed. A notice at the bridge declared it was for use by Forsa Estate workers only……yet another sad land owner. Continuing south we found what we think was the old road (shown on O.S.map) and followed this passed a Graveyard for a short distance before it joined the main A849 road. After a short road walk we were able to return to the sea edge which we followed until we were again forced onto the road at the Fishnish Timber Pier. Fortunately again our walk on the road was brief and we returned to the sea edge near Doire Dorch then made our way round Fishnish Bay to the forest. There are many paths in Fishnish forest and we opted to follow whichever ran closest to the sea.We eventually left the forest and joined the A884 near the jetty. A much needed lunch stop was enjoyed at the picnic area near Rubha Leth Thorcaill before we continued on a marked path through the forest to Garmony Point. For two miles south from Garmony Point the A849 road runs very close to the sea and as extensive road works were underway we were unable to walk this stretch. After a long delay due to traffic lights at the road works Stewart dropped us near the standing stones at Scallastle and we made our way round the golf course to Sgeir Mhic Chomhain. The next mile from here round passed Java Point to Craignure Bay could only be done on the very rugged and undulating sea edge rocks which proved extremely challenging. The short road walk to the end of the days walk in Craignure came as quite a relief. Again we enjoyed a refreshment stop at the Salen Hotel.
Summary; An excellent days walk with much of interest to see. In general the underfoot conditions were good the exception being the rocky shore round to Craignure Bay.
Highs; Some great views and most off the time good weather.
Lows; None, other than thats our May week over for another year.
Our accommodation during our stay on Mull was at the Harbour Guest House which is right on the front at Tobermory. We had a huge family room on the ground floor which had three beds and an upstairs twin room which was also very good. B&B was £40 per person per night which we thought was good value for money. Breakfasts were excellent with a good choice and as much as you could eat. Nothing was too much trouble for Richard and Liz who run a lovely Guest house which we would recommend to anyone.
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