SUNDAY 6TH MARCH, 2011
BRAWL TO KIRTOMY – 10 MILES 4 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH AND JOHN.
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 724 MILES
After breakfast we loaded our vehicle which we dropped at Kirtomy and were given a lift back to the days starting point at Brawl by the ever helpful Patsy. Setting off from Brawl we made our way back down to the cliff tops. The coastline on this stretch was very interesting with many sea inlets and rock formations. Walking round the point near Fleuchary we got our first views of the lovely village and sands at Armadale bay. We made our way from the cliff top field down onto the beach walking at the sea edge. At the west end of Armadale Bay we made our way back up to the cliff tops and round the point at Reismeave to the bay at Port a’ Chin with its amazing rock stacks. Being aware of a significant gully running in from the sea at Port Mor we made our way inland passed the old salmon fishing station. After finding a suitable point to cross the gully we made our way up the very steep hillside towards Ardmore Point (almost 500 feet above Armadale bay) where the views of the rugged coastline were amazing. It was noticeable that the topography had changed somewhat and the flat top cliffs of days gone by were now topped with hills or rocky hillocks a feature which I am sure will continue as we progress west. Approximately one kilometre west of Ardmore point we were again forced inland by another gully before following a very undulating route to Kirtomy point. We made our way along the steep hillside before descending to the minor road and the end of the days walk at Kirtomy.
The journey home took 7 hours which we broke with our usual stop at the Trawlers ‘chippy’ in Golspie.
Summary; Another fine half days walk with several gullies and other challenges. Underfoot conditions were in the main very good.
Highs; Fantastic coastal scenery.
Lows; The long journey home.
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