SATURDAY 4 OCTOBER, 2014
ARDARROCH TO LOCHCARRON
14 MILES 6.5 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL, KEITH, DEREK, ALEX AND BILL
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1264.5 MILES
It was our intention to start this three day walking trip at Torridon but again we were unable to secure accommodation so jumped south to start at Ardarroch. Our base for this trip was at the Lochcarron Hotel.
We left at 5 a.m. for the long journey north travelling on the A9 to Dalwhinnie then via Spean Bridge to Lochcarron. After enjoying a pre-ordered breakfast at our hotel we drove to the start of the days walk at Ardarroch. It had rained heavily on our journey up but it was lovely sunshine when we set off walking on the minor road from Ardarroch through Achintraid. The road ended just west of the village and we walked on a forest vehicle track for two miles along the hillside above Loch Kishorn and round the point beneath Meall na h-Airde. At the end of the forest track progress became much more difficult and slower as we tried to find our way through quite dense woodland. The steep hillside and many fallen trees added to the challenge and at times some scrambling was require to make progress. Several time we made our way to the loch side hoping in vain to find an easier way at the water’s edge. This one and a half mile woodland stretch took us two hours to complete. Making our way round the bay at Loch Reraig we joined the minor road to Ardaneaskan. The walk from here to Lochcarron was either at the water’s edge (where possible) or on the minor road passed the ruins of Strome castle. A refreshing pint or two was enjoyed on arrival back at our hotel.
Summary; The unexpected sunshine was a huge bonus on this walk. Had the rain we experienced on the journey up continued it would have made the forest part of this walk even more difficult. A really good walk with a very challenging part through the woodland and not for the unfit or fainthearted.
Highs; Great weather and some fantastic views.
Lows; None, but a hard slog through the forest.
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