MONDAY 9TH MAY, 2011
TORRISDALE BAY TO TALMINE – 17 MILES 4 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, JOHN AND GARRY
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 753 MILES
Our accommodation for the first three nights was in the excellent Tigh-Nan-Ubhal guesthouse in Tongue. After a hearty breakfast we dropped the car at Talmine harbour then travelled back to Torrisdale Bay in the minibus. Again we set off in lovely sunshine making our way from the graveyard round the hillside to the point on the west side of the bay. The short heather and grass along the cliff tops to Clasheddy provided good underfoot conditions and the rock faces and short, deep gullies were spectacular. In the lovely sunshine Coomb Island with its beautiful beach looked like an idyllic retreat. Walking on passed Clasheddy pier in Skerry Bay we made our way round to picturesque Lamigo bay with its turquoise blue water and then the equally beautiful inlet at Port An t-Strathain with its beautiful beach. Following the cliff tops we rounded the point passed the clearance village at Sletell into Tongue Bay. Off shore to the west we passed the Rabbit Islands as we made our way along the cliff tops towards Skullomie. Ahead in the distance, some four miles away, we had our first views of the Kyle of Tongue causeway which we would cross some time later. Nearer, two miles ahead we could see the lovely white sands of the beach and lovely hamlet at Coldbackie. Making our way down the hillside we walked for a short distance on the minor road thru Skullomie then across fields to access the beach at Coldbackie where we enjoyed a tea break and paddle in the sea. From the beach we had to scramble back up the rocks and over Meall Mor making our way passed Rhitongue into the woods at Woodend where we picked up the road to Tongue Lodge and onto the causeway. After crossing the causeway we turned right onto the Talmine road passing the cemetery before making our way back to the shore and onto the amazing Tongue Bay sands near Melness. We walked on the sands to Ard Skinid and then on to the finish of the days walk at Talmine where we enjoyed a pint in the Craggan Hotel.
Summary; Great weather today with good underfoot condition. Finding a way into the woods near Woodend proved a bit difficult.
Highs; Some of the best coastal scenery so far. Definitely a top ten day.
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