MONDAY 29 MARCH, 2010
DUNBEATH TO OCCUMSTER – 11.5 MILES, 6 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE, BILL, ALEX, KEITH AND DEREK
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 595.5 MILES
The weather forecast the previous night was correct and we woke up to a slight covering of snow. After a hearty breakfast we drove to Dunbeath to start the days walk. It was cold with clear blue skies when we set off from the harbour walking out passed the picnic area and up onto the cliff top path. We followed this path along the cliff tops only being pushed slightly inland at several small gulleys near Toremore and Knockinnon. Walking conditions were good and we reached the harbour at Latheronwheel (3.5miles) in just over an hour. On leaving Latheronwheel we climbed the grass banking on the north side of the harbour to regain the cliff top path which we followed passed the Clan Gunn graveyard and museum. On reaching the small bay at Port Na Muic we dropped down to the beach to take some photographs then continued on the cliff top path to Forse Castle where we again went down to the beach. Continuing along the cliff tops another detour was made down to the beach at Achastle-shore to investigate a large ruin which was a fishing station during the herring boom. From here we walked on to Lybster descending the cliff top path to the harbour where we enjoyed a tea break. We left Lybster by climbing the grass banking on the north side of the harbour again picking up a cliff top path. Just east of Lybster we encountered another gulley which was easily crossed on flagstone steps which have been cut into both sides. On approaching Occumster we were again forced inland to negotiate a deep gulley and river. At Occumster we decided to terminate the days walk as heavy snow was forecast for later that day on the A9, our route home to Edinburgh.
Summary; Our accommodation at the Bayview hotel in Lybster was inexpensive and ideal for our needs. The rooms and beds were clean but not en suite and we had to share a shower and toilet. Joe and Lee were welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Joe’s breakfast and dinners were huge and excellent……Thanks girls
An excellent days walking with some good paths and fabulous coast scenes.
Highs; Great weather. Great coastal scenery
Lows; Fences, fences and more fences to cross.
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