WEDNESDAY 2ND MAY, 2012
GLENLERAIG TO BAY OF CULKEIN – 14 MILES 8 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, JOHN AND GARRY
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 950 MILES
Another lovely sunny day when we set off this morning, dropping the car at Bay of Culkein before driving to the start of the days walk at Glenleraig. Walking west uphill out of the village we initially took a dirt road above the west side of loch Nedd before making our way down through woods to the waterside. We crossed the mouth of the inlet, passed the ruins at Duart and walked round the point at Rubh Dhubhard before making our way up the steep hillside towards Loch Dhrombaig. From the high point we could see the hamlet of Drumbeg on the headland on the west side of the loch. The view of the sun bathed Cul Eilean, Eailean an Achaidh and other islands below us was beautiful. It was here we saw what we were all sure was a sea eagle. Underfoot conditions were dry and we had no difficulty making our way between the large heather and stone covered outcrops. On reaching the Jetty at Drumbeg we decided to walk out on the minor road as finding a path over to Pollacapuill looked extremely hazardous. A half mile walk on the B869 followed before we took a track north towards Oldany Island. At the narrow channel which separates the island from the mainland we view a large pod of seals basking on the sunbathed rocks. A stiff climb, sometimes requiring hands on scrambling followed and the stretch from here to where we joined the road near Clashnessie Bay proved extremely difficult. Thick heather (over deeply rutted ground), thick wooded areas and rocky crags forced us to detour inland on several occasions, not to mention the 10 foot deer fence at the road. A very welcome food and recovery break was taken on the river bank at Clashnessie Bay. Fortunately the last stretch along the west side of the bay passed Achnacarnin and onto Culkein was straightforward with easy underfoot conditions and at parts paths to follow. We made a stop for a much needed pint at the disappointingly unfriendly Drumbeg Hotel.
Summary; A very challenging day with as difficult a section as we have had to date. Underfoot conditions mixed. Extremely difficult at parts.
Highs; The weather and the scenery made it all worthwhile.
Lows; Having to take detours and retrace our steps on several occasions.
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