SUNDAY 8TH MAY, 2011
KIRTOMY TO TORRISDALE BAY – 12 MILES 5 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, JOHN AND GARRY.
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 736 MILES
A full weeks walking was planned for this trip with the intention of completing the North coast and the first day of the West coast. We set off at 5a.m. for the long drive north, making our usual fuel and breakfast stop at Tesco in Inverness, arriving at Kirtomy about midday after dropping a car at Torrisdale Bay. We set off walking in lovely sunshine following sheep tracks along the rugged and undulating coastline to Swordly Bay. Continuing along the cliff tops towards Farr Point we took time to view the rock stacks, natural arches and islands. Several gullies had to be negotiated and the sheep tracks proved invaluable in finding crossing points. From Farr Point we had clear views of Coomb (or Neave) Island and Eilean Nan Ron (Island of the seals) which we would pass tomorrow. We continued along the cliff tops passed Glasgeo before dropping down onto the beautiful sands of Farr Bay. Crossing the sands we stopped for a tea break before making our way along the equally rugged and rocky west side to Creag Ruadh where we had our first views of Torrisdale bay. As we walked towards the pier near Bettyhill we could see that to cross the River Naver we would have to walk almost two miles inland to the bridge on the A836 near Invernaver. The last quarter mile to the bridge was walked on the road and after crossing we walked up the west side of the river over the dunes to the amazing sands of Torrisdale bay. The days walk finished near Crossburn and we enjoyed a much needed pint in the Borgie Lodge Hotel before travelling to our accommodation in Tongue.
Summary; A really good walk to start our week. In general good underfoot conditions but not easy with lots of ups and downs and a few challenging gullies. Yet again the sheep tracks were a great help in finding our way over or around difficulties.
Highs; Fantastic coastal scenery and amazing unspoilt immaculate beaches.
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