MONDAY 30TH, APRIL, 2012
LOCH AN OBAIN TO KYLESKU – 14 MILES 7 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, JOHN AND GARRY
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 922 MILES
Our accommodation for the week was the Rose Guest House in Lochinver which was a central point for the proposed weeks walking. After breakfast we drove back to Loch an Obain dropping off the car at Kylesku on the way. It was beautiful sunshine again as we set off on the access road to Duartbeg. On reaching Loch a Mhuilinn the road had become a track which we left and made our way towards the sea before returning to the track south of Loch Duartbeg. On reaching an inlet where the track joined a metalled road we crossed the river and made our way up the steep hillside. On reaching the cairn on the top we enjoyed the spectacular views over the Eddrachillis Bay then followed the hillside round above the sea at Bagh Chalbha before making a difficult decent down through rocky crags to cross another river into Duartmore Forest. Walking out of the forest to the main road we met Bill, (who had taken a different route), for a lunch break. Setting off again we followed the road back through the forest passed a fishing lodge. The road ended here and we found our own way through the forest passed Loch an Ruighein to the lovely Loch Shark. From here we walked close to the sea passed Duartmore Bay then turned inland to the high point at Carn Ban. Moving back towards the sea we continued along the hillside before picking up the path from Galascaig to the viewpoint on the A894. From here we walked on the road passed Kylestrome over the amazing Kylesku bridge to the finish of the days walk at the Kylesku Hotel where we enjoyed a most welcome and refreshing pint.
Summary; A testing walk and in parts and not for the unfit or faint hearted. Had to blaze our own trail for most of it.
Highs; The weather and the views made it all worthwhile. The pint in the friendly Kylesku Hotel was oh so good.
Lows; None, roll on tomorrow.
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