SUNDAY 29TH, APRIL, 2012
SCOURIE TO LOCH AN OBAIN – 9 MILES 5 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, JOHN AND GARRY
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 908 MILES
Seven days walking was planned for this trip, with some of our group joining us for the last three days. John was joining us for his first coast walk. Yet again we made the long journey north on the A9 taking a minibus and car. We had our usual fuel and breakfast stop at Tesco Inverness before dropping the car at Loch an Obain and travelling onto today’s start point at Scourie jetty. The weather gods were smiling on us yet again and we set off walking round the south side of Scourie Bay in lovely sunshine. Underfoot conditions were very good with many tracks to follow. Keeping close to the sea we passed Loch a Mhill Dheirg and over the south shoulder of Cnoc na Banaraich. Already the seascapes were amazing and fuelled our enthusiasm for the week ahead. From here we made our way to the high point north of Farhead Point and then onto the minor road near Upper Badcall. We had intended reaching the Eddrachilles Hotel at Badcall Bay by walking along the shoreline but a dense, rutted and bramble covered wooded area and deer fences forced us to escape onto the road via a resident’s driveway. On seeing us this most unfriendly local was quick to voice his displeasure. Unlike him the manager of the hotel was very welcoming and we enjoyed a lunch and refreshment stop before continuing on our way along the sea side rocks to the pier at Badcall Bay. We continued along the sea edge to the south east corner of the bay. The next section over the area known as Rubha a Gisgil proved very challenging due to the rutted ground, thick heather, brambles and other vegetation which at times forced us onto the sea side rocks or inland for better footing. On reaching the finish the legs of those who had chose to wear shorts bore the scratches and bruises, evidence of the difficult conditions of the last section. After collecting the minibus we made the long drive to our accommodation for the week at Lochinver.
Summary; Fantastic weather, a good first day with a testing mix of terrain.
Highs; Weather, amazing views and nice pint at the hotel.
Lows; Mr Grumpy at Upper Badcall who doesn’t like walkers on his land.
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