FRIDAY 4TH MAY, 2012
ACHMELVICH TO INVERKIRKAIG – 10 MILES 6 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, JAMES, PAUL,
ALAN T, ALAN J, JOHN P, COLIN AND WAYNE
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 976 MILES
There was a noticeable change in the weather when we set off this morning, it felt much cooler and the sky threatened rain or even worse. Wearing warm jackets, hats and gloves was an unwelcome change from shorts and T shirts of previous days. After dropping one of the minibuses at Inverkirkaig we travelled to the start of the days walk at Achmelvich. From the car park we walked round the point at An Fahraid Mhor and along the north side of Loch Roe. The undulating terrain of quartz hillocks which dropped down to the sea, some divided by bogs or copses of small trees and bushes proved quite difficult. We were eventually forced to escape uphill onto the minor road which we walked on for a short distance before taking a dirt road over a bridge towards Loch Dubh. From here we picked up a well walked path which took us passed Ardroe and onto Baddidarrach. As we walked into Lochinver a mixture of rain and hail stones started and we took refuge and a welcome mug of tea and very tasty pie in the Lochinver Larder which is to be recommended. On setting off again the rain had stopped and the sun was out as we walked through Lochinver to the harbour then took the road towards Culag Hotel where we picked up a forest walk path to the edge of Loch Inver. From here a muddy uphill scramble took us to the high point and then down to the road at Strathan. We followed the road for a short distance towards Badnaban taking shelter in a copse of trees when it started to snow. Suitably clothed again we made our way above Badnaban and onto the high point near Kirkaig Point. Turning south we made our way to Loch Kirkaig where we dropped down to the water’s edge and walked to the finish of the days walk at Inverkirkaig.
Summary; A very mixed day with a tough start, easy middle part and a few challenging stretches near the finish.
Highs; Some amazing scenery and great pies in Lochinver.
Lows; All seasons in one day…. but this is the north west of Scotland.
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