FRIDAY 5 APRIL, 2013
LOCH BROOM (CROFTOWN) TO DUNDONNELL – 9 MILES 5 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL AND PHIL
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1032.5 MILES
Another three days walking were planned for this trip. We had been unable to arrange a boat to take us across Loch Broom from Ullapool to Altnaharrie on the roadless Scoraig Peninsula and as the route south from Ullapool would entail a long walk on parts of the busy A835 we decided to bypass this part and start at Croftown and walk over to Dundonnell. A path is clearly shown on O.S. Maps. We made an early morning start for the long journey north, stopping as usual at Tesco in Inverness for breakfast and fuel. It was a beautiful day when we arrived at Croftown and we set off making our way up the hillside behind the copse of pine trees hoping to pick up the path. There was no path evident and we made our way to the high point at Meall Dubh. This was probably one of the steepest, toughest starts to any of our walks so far, and the first 2 miles took almost 2 hours. From Meall Dubh we could see Loch an Fiona where we knew we could join the path shown on the map. Heading in that direction we spotted Loch an Tiompain where we joined the good clear path. This path was followed all the way down to the farm near Dundonnell House where we walked on the minor road to Eilean Darach and crossed the river by the footbridge. A short road walk took us to the finish of the days walk at the Dundonnell Hotel. As arranged with the hotel a member of staff drove Phil back to Croftown to collect our vehicle.
Summary; The first few miles of this walk were very strenuous and the unusually warm April day made it even harder. If we had been able to find the start of the path shown on the map it may have been a lot easier. The scenery was lovely however.
Highs; The weather and some lovely views.
Lows; The tough start.
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