MONDAY 16 MAY, 2016
ARDRISHAIG TO TARBERT
16 MILES 7 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE,BILLY AND JOHN
DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1458 MILES
After a nice evening meal in our hotel and a good night’s sleep we were ready for a more testing days walking. John had joined us last night and would be with us for the rest of the week’s walks.
After breakfast Stewart drove us back to Ardrishaig. Today’s walk would be somewhat different as we had decided to move inland along the hilltops rather than walk on the busy road which for most of the way was beside the sea. There were no obvious tracks on the O.S. map so it was a case of finding our own way. We set of up the hillside above Ardrishaig primary school and immediately had to fight our way through thick gorse which left us with a few bruises and scratches. The weather was good which made the difficult underfoot conditions seem a little easier. On reaching the electricity pylons (shown on the O.S. map) we followed the clearer areas beneath them towards the Kilduskland woodlands where we stumbled on a proper footpath. This path was easy to follow through the woods to Brenfield then on to the B8024 road. A short road walk followed along the A83 passed Inverneill to near Creagan Beag where we left the road and made our way up the steep hillside to the ‘trig’ point on Meall Dubh. From here we made our way across the valley walking near the Artalligan burn towards the aerial masts on top of Meall Mor. From Meall Dubh this part looked easy but the thick straw grass and deep rutted marsh areas made this a very strenuous two miles. The hard uphill slog to the top of Meall Mor was particularly draining. At the aerial masts we joined the service road which we followed all the way down the hillside to the A83 at Sloc Nam Fearna. From here we started to walk the final three miles to Tarbert on the road but soon decided this was unsafe and joined Stewart and Bill in the minibus for the last two miles.
Summary; A very difficult day’s walk with a few different challenges. The path we stumbled on in the woodland looks like it has been recently constructed as a walkers trail and had we known where it started it would have made our walk much easier.
Highs; Views from the high points were amazing.
Lows; Fighting our way through the gorse. The very tough section to the aerial masts and of course having to walk some parts on busy roads.
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