THURSDAY 3RD MAY, 2012
BAY OF CULKEIN TO ACHMELVICH – 16 MILES 8 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, JOHN N, GARRY, JAMES, PAUL,
ALAN T, ALAN J, JOHN P, COLIN AND WAYNE
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 966 MILES
Today the rest of our group would join us at Stoer Lighthouse. . Again we dropped the car before travelling in the minibus to the start at Culkein Bay. It was a bit overcast when we set off walking round the bay on the minor road passed the holiday chalets. Underfoot conditions were good and we followed a path along the cliff tops to the natural arch at Rubh an Dunain. Staying on the cliff tops we made a gradual climb to Point of Stoer, then round to the impressive rock stack the ‘Old Man of Stoer’. Being a popular walker’s attraction there is a good, well walked path from there all the way to Stoer Lighthouse where we met the rest of our group who joined us for the rest of the week. John, Garry and Bill departed to return home. The mobile snack bar in the lighthouse car park proved popular and we walked on after enjoying a burger and mug of tea. The walk, on hillsides and cliff top, down the coast to Bay of Stoer was easy with paths at parts and good underfoot conditions all the way. The walk across the sands of Stoer Bay was a pleasant change and it was nice to be at the sea edge. Walking on we stopped to view the amazing Stone Age broch at Clachtoll. Less than a mile on we again walked on beautiful white sands at the twin beaches of Clachtoll Bay. On leaving Clachtoll Bay the terrain changed dramatically with reasonably flat heath and heather being replaced with undulating quartz stone hillocks with some patches of grass and heather. A path was visible at parts which led us to the point at Rubha Leumair then on to the small sandy beach at Port Alltan na Bradhan. Moving inland we joined a path near Alltannabrahan which we followed to the finish of the days walk at the car park at Achmelvich caravan site. After collecting the minibus we drove back to our accommodation in Lochinver.
Summary; A much easier day than the previous two. Good underfoot conditions with paths most of the way.
Highs; The natural arch, Old Man of Stoer and the lovely beaches.
Lows; None really.
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