FRIDAY 4TH MARCH, 2011
FRESGOE HARBOUR TO MELVICH – 8 MILES 4 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH AND JOHN.
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 698 MILES
A three day trip was planned this time and we left at 6 a.m. for the long drive north, stopping at Tesco in Inverness to refuel and have breakfast. We arrived at Fresgoe harbour about 1330 and quickly set off walking on the vehicle track behind the harbour houses to Sandside Head where we encountered our first gully of the day. About 400mtrs further along the cliff tops a deep, steep gully pushed us inland for some distance before we found an old stone bridge where we were able to cross. We made our way back to the cliff tops and on to Red Point passing the inland Loch Na Moine. The cliffs and rock stacks at Red Point were spectacular and a short distance further along we passed a huge, grass topped rock stack which is the breeding ground for a colony of Puffins (which apparently arrive late in April). Continuing along the cliff tops we had to negotiate several more gullies, ditches and other hazards before we reached the point at Rubha an Tuir overlooking Melvich Bay. Turning south along the cliff tops we made our way down the hillside passed ‘Bighouse’ and onto the footbridge over the river Halladale. We walked up the vehicle track to the A836 at Melvich and were given directions from a local to the Halladale Inn where we enjoyed a refreshing pint. As had been previously arranged our landlady Patsy at the fantastic Sharvedda B&B collected us and transported us to retrieve our vehicle.
Summary; An excellent challenging half days walk with good underfoot conditions.
Highs; Fantastic Coastal scenery. Some challenging hazards ,amazing rock formations and beaches and of course the much needed pint in the Halladale Inn.
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