SATURDAY 22, SEPTEMBER, 2012
ALTANDHU TO ACHDUART – 10 MILES 7 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, PHIL AND GARRY
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1008.5 MILES
After a hearty breakfast we set of for the long (30 miles) journey back to the start of the days walk at Altandhu. It was another lovely sunny morning when we set off thru the caravan park, picking up a path which took us round the point onto a road passed the jetties at the bay near Old Dornie. From here we found another obvious path which hugged the coast passed Dornie and continued to near Polbain. Walking near the sea edge we passed Polbain pier onto the grass foreshore leading into Achiltibuie where we stopped for soup and a pint at the local hotel. While sitting in the garden enjoying our lunch we were amused to see obviously less hardy visitors (wimps) chased indoors by the famous Scottish midges. Before becoming too comfortable we moved off crossed the road and walked over the fields towards Rubha Dunan then made our way near the sea edge to the Broch near Achlochan. Continuing at the sea edge we passed the burial ground at Badenscallie and walked onto Acheninver where we crossed the river on stepping stones. Passing Horse Sound we turned inland and climbed the hillside to the minor road which we followed to the end of the days walk at Achduart. Below we could see the Stornoway Ferry heading for Loch Broom and Ullapool. A short refreshment stop was made at the Am Fuaran Bar at Altandhu before the long drive back to our accommodation at Ullapool.
Summary; Fantastic weather made this walk memorable. Many good paths to follow and good underfoot conditions all the way.
Highs; The views across the Summer Isles and the Coigach Mountains were spectacular and made this trip well worthwhile.
Lows; The long journeys to and from the start point.
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