Walking Scotlands Coast

DAY 84 – CLACHAN BRIDGE TO KILMELFORT

DAY 84

SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 2013

CLACHAN BRIDGE TO KILMELFORD

14 MILES 7 HOURS

MORRIS AND GARRY

TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1185.5 MILES

Our two nights stay in Oban was very enjoyable with plenty nice places to eat and drink. After a good night’s sleep and another fine breakfast we packed the car ready to go. Our Landlady, Fiona had kindly arranged transport assistance and we left our car at the hotel at Kilmelford and were given a lift back to the start of the days walk at the Clachan Bridge. The weather gods were smiling on us again and it was lovely sunshine when we set off walking on the minor road towards Ardshellach. Looking ahead we could see that there were woods that ran steeply down to the sea and we decided to walk on the road to Ardmaddy Bay. From Ardmaddy Bay we walked round to Caddleton where we picked up the path shown on the O.S. map behind the middle of the three houses. The clear well defined path up the hillside led us onto a dirt track road which we followed to Degnish. At the end of the road we made our way across fields and through woods to Degnish Point where we took the opportunity to cool our feet in the sea. From Degnish Point to Kilchoan House we were able to walk at the loch side either on rocks or at the edge of the woods. There was an abundance of ripe brambles in this area much to the pleasure of Garry who enjoyed a few snacks as we walked. Unfortunately our progress at the water’s edge was halted just after we passed the island Eilean Coltair. The steepness of the densely wooded hillside ahead was too hazardous and we were forced back onto the road. There were no further opportunities to return to the water’s edge and we continued our walk on the road passed Ardanstur, round Fearnach Bay to Melfort. Continuing on the road we walked on the north side on Loch na Cille to the junction with the A816 then back to the car at the hotel car park. After a refreshing pint in the hotel we travelled home.

Summary; Quite a straight forwards days walking although a bit too much on roads and at times away from the sea. None the less very enjoyable.

Highs; Some great views back to Seil Island and Easdale. Great weather

Lows; None really.

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