FRIDAY 21,SEPTEMBER, 2012
GARVIE BAY TO ALTANDHU – 10.5 MILES 4.5 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, PHIL AND GARRY
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 998.5 MILES
Four days walking was planned for this trip and as usual we set off early for the long drive north making a breakfast and refuel stop at our favourite Tesco in Inverness. We continued to Ullapool via the A835 then took the turn off 8 miles north of the town at Drumrunie onto the single track road to Reiff where we left a car before driving to the start point on the west side of Achnahaird Bay. We decided to start here as the tide was in and we would have been forced inland from Garvie Bay to the road to cross the river. There had been some heavy rain on our journey up but it was blue skies when we set off walking on the cliff tops along the west side of Achnahaird bay passed the amazing cliff faces at Rubha Duilich and Rubha a Chairn. The views of Suilven, Quinag and the other mountains to the north were fantastic in the sunshine, however the rain started again and we quickly donned waterproofs. Rounding the point at Rubha Na Coigich we passed the beautiful Faochag Bay where the breakers crashing onto the rocks were throwing spray high in the air. The rain had gone off, the sun was out and underfoot conditions were good with plenty sheep paths to follow and we soon reached the bay at Camas Eilean Ghlais. A clear path was followed to the high point on the hill to the west of Loch of Reiff. After a brief rest to take in the wonderful views we walked along the east side of the Loch to Reiff. A two mile walk on the minor road took us to the finish at the pub at Altandhu where we sat outside and enjoyed a refreshing and very welcome pint.
Summary; A lovely afternoon walk and the rain did nothing to dampen our spirits. Plenty good tracks to follow and generally good underfoot conditions.
Highs; Some great views of the mountains. Great area of rugged coast.
Lows; None really.
CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
ROUTE MAP – CLICK TO ENLARGE