MONDAY 6 MAY, 2013
OPINAN TO DRUMCHORK – 13 MILES 5.5 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, GEORGE MAC, ALEX AND IAN
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1074.5 MILES
After a sociable night in the very friendly bar in our hotel and a good sleep it was disappointing to wake to a very wet morning. A good hearty breakfast soon raised the spirits and we set of back to Opinan where Ian dropped us off. It was still raining when we set off walking to the end of the private road before crossing a fence and making our way to the sea edge where we picked up a path near Leac Mhor. Underfoot conditions were soft and muddy and the path undulating as we made our way to Greenstone Point. The aptly named rock at the point is covered with green vegetation and topped with a cairn of sorts. From here we followed vague paths or sheep tracks along the rugged, sometimes rocky sea edge to Slaggan Bay. Crossing the lovely sands of the bay we made our way uphill to the WW2 naval triangulation point on the high point of Ploc an t-Slagain. Ian had walk out to meet us here and brought much appreciated refreshments. The rain had gone off and we were able to enjoy the amazing panoramic views of Loch Ewe. Our route into Mellon Charles followed a well worn path round the hillside before joining the village road. At the perfume factory we walked back down to the sea edge and round the point at Rubh a Choin and on towards Ormiscaig stopping to view the concrete remnants of a WW2 anti aircraft gun battery. Loch Ewe was the well defended base for the Russian convoys and both naval and merchant ships would assemble in the loch before setting off on the precarious voyage to Russia. We passed many similar reminders of the huge role Loch Ewe played during WW2. A short road walk took us to the end of the days walk at Drumchork.
Summary; A wet start to the day but a very interesting walk round into Loch Ewe. Underfoot conditions were a bit muddy but terrain not difficult.
Highs; Some great views. Viewing some of the WW2 history that surrounds Loch Ewe
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