TUESDAY 7 MAY, 2013
DRUMCHORK TO FIREMORE – 16.5 MILES 8 HOURS
MORRIS, DEREK, KEITH, BILL, GEORGE MAC, ALEX AND IAN
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1091 MILES
It was a nice sunny morning when we set off after breakfast for the drive to the start of today’s walk. Just south of Drumchork on Loch Ewe there is a pier where oil is pumped ashore into a NATO storage facility. Unfortunately this meant we were unable to access this part of the coast and had to start our walk at a copse of trees some two miles further south. We quickly made our way from the road down to the loch side near Rubha Thurnaig. Walking at the water’s edge we passed Tournaig Farm then found our way round the bracken and heather covered hillside to the bay at Ob na Ba Ruaidhe where we met one of the Inverewe gardens rangers. He kindly advised us on the best route to avoid the high deer fence which surrounds the gardens. From here we made our way up to the trig point at Ploc an Rubha where the views were amazing. Making our way round to Camas Phail we entered the beautiful Inverewe Gardens along the rocky sea edge then followed well walked paths round Camas Glas and exited via the main entrance onto the A832. Following the road through Poolewe we turned right onto the B8057 and had a welcome stop at the Poolewe Hotel for a beer and a plate of soup. Suitably refreshed we set off again initially walking at the loch side before dense steep woodland forced us onto the road. Our walk from Poolewe to the jetty near Midtown was challenging with many hazards such as, gullies and fast flowing water forcing us back onto the road. The last stretch from Midtown to Firemore was much easier and we were able to walk near the loch side. Our days walk finished at the amazing beach just north of Firemore where a paddle in the ice cold sea relieved tired and aching feet and legs.
Summary; An excellent days walking in lovely weather. At some parts the underfoot conditions were difficult. The terrain was undulating which added to the challenge. Many sites of WW2 defences were evident throughout this walk.
Highs; Great weather. Some fantastic views. The walk through Inverview Gardens.
Lows; The bits on the road.
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