FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, 2013
OBAN TO KILMORE
12 MILES 6 HOURS
MORRIS AND GARRY
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1159 MILES
Days 82, 83 and 84 were walked out of sequence. As only Morris and Garry were available for this trip it was considered the remoteness of the Torridon area (where we finished the last walk in May) made it unsuitable and should be left for a larger team at a later date. It was decide to jump south to Oban which would require only a two hour car journey. We set off at 6 a.m. for the drive to Kilmore where we left the car and caught a bus back into Oban. A bacon roll and cuppa set us up nicely and we were underway walking from the harbour before 9 a.m. Passing the ferry terminal we walked out of the town on the coastal road towards the camp and caravan site at Gallanachmore. Across the sound we could see Kerrera and we passed the jetty where you would catch the ferry to visit the island. When the road ran out we walked on the driveway of Gallanach House to the bay at Port Lathaich where we passed a derelict building which was where the first transatlantic telephone cable came ashore and was in use from 1956 to 1958. The cable carried the ‘hot line’ between Washington, London and Moscow. Leaving the road we made our way near the sea edge round the bay at Port na Traighe-Linne and climbed the craggy hillside to the high point near Cnoc na Faire. The bracken on the hillside was head high and made progress slow and difficult. Things did not improve and a gully near Minard Point pushed us inland where we crossed a track road and a burn at Minard. More high bracken and very boggy underfoot condition followed and we were happy to eventually escape into woods and make our way down the steep hillside to Ardentallen Point. For once we were happy to walk on a road which we followed to Ardentallen where we made our way down to the water’s edge where we walked for a distance before rejoining the road near Lerags House. Walking on the road we crossed the river then took the vehicle track to the left up the hillside towards the forest. We followed the edge of the tree line over the hill and made our way down to the loch side near Dunach. The walk from here to the east end of the loch was on a stony beach before we reached fields which we crossed back to the car at Kilmore.
Summary; An enjoyable day which proved a bit more difficult than we thought. Some very testing underfoot conditions.
Highs; Some nice scenery.
Lows; Fighting our way through the bracken
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