FRIDAY 30 MAY 2014
KYLESBEG TO NEWTON OF ARDTOE
12 MILES 6.5 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL, KEITH, DEREK, ALEX, BILLY, STEWART AND BILL
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1250.5 MILES
Last night we had a meal in the Glenuig Inn which was good but expensive and if you don’t like real ales or organic soft drinks ….hard luck.
After breakfast we moved the minibus to the pick-up point with the help of George.
Starting where we left off yesterday at Kylesbeg we walked on the A861 road beside Loch Moidart stopping briefly to read the memorial to the Seven Men of Moidart before walking on passed Ardmolich and entering the woods at the start of the loch side path. Known as the Silver path, from start to finish this three mile track is excellent although not always easy and quite undulating and not recommended for the unfit or faint hearted. That said being a well made challenging path it was one of the highlights of the week and thoroughly enjoyed by us all. The path has a fantastic finish when you emerge to views of Castle Tioram. After a walk over the sands to view the castle we followed the minor road which runs parallel to the river Shiel to the Shiel bridge where we stopped for a much needed lunch break. It was beautiful sunshine when we set off again, suitably refreshed, on the minor road towards Shielfoot. We had intended using a path shown on the O/S map which runs behind Shielfoot village but were unable to find the start of it, probably due to the building of some new houses in that location. A short distance after Shielfoot the minor road ended and we spotted our minibus across what appeared to be open moorland at Kentra and headed in that direction. This proved a bad decision as we found ourselves walking in very wet marsh land and at one point Bill sunk up to his waist in a pool. On reaching the minibus we dried off and drove to the nearby Acharacle hotel where we enjoyed a refreshing pint (or two)
Summary; A very enjoyable walk in lovely sunshine. Road parts were easy but loch side path challenging. The short cut we took across the north end of Kentra Moss to be avoided.
Highs; Great weather and fantastic loch side path with stunning finish at Castle Tioram
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