ISLEORNSAY TO ARMADALE, SKYE
SUNDAY 22 MARCH, 2015
9 MILES, 5 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL AND BILL
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1320 MILES
Another good nights sleep and an excellent breakfast set us up for the days walk. We drove back to Isleornsay and Bill dropped us off at the pier. It was quite cold and windy when we set off on the village road towards Camus Croise. We had intended walking round the promontory at Ard Ghunel but were unable to access it without crossing residents gardens. We walked on to the end of the village and found the path between the last two houses which took us up the hillside round the point on the south side of Camus Croise. There were many sheep tracks to follow and underfoot conditions were good. Some of the tracks took us down near the sea edge others close to the deer fence running along the hillside. (To avoid unnecessary detours we would advise taking the higher tracks near the fence). It was a bit windy but no rain and the walking was fairly easy as we made our way south passed the bays at Ob Snaosaig and Camus Barabhaig. Just south of Camus Barabhaig there is another smaller wooded gully at Baravaig. When we dropped down the gully to sea level we were confronted with an almost vertical wooded hillside on the opposite side which looked extremely difficult to climb. We need not have worried as a sheep track through some marshy ground towards the sea edge led us to an easy track back up the hillside. The walk from here to Nock Castle was fairly easy with many tracks to follow. After visiting the ruins at Nock castle we made our way down onto Nock Bay where we met Wullie Corbett a local who lives in a cottage on the bay. After a chat with Wullie we made our way round the bay before walking up onto the A851. The 3.5 mile road walk into Armadale is safer than most road walks with either footpath or marked pedestrian areas at the side of the carriageway. Our three days walking ended at Armadale pier where we enjoyed a cup of hot coffee before the long journey home.
Summary; By far the easiest of the three days walking on this trip. A fair bit of road walking but off road round the coast from Isleornsay to Nock Bay underfoot conditions were good. It was a bit cold and windy but on a nice sunny day the walk from Isleornsay to Nock Bay would have been really nice
Highs; Not a special day. A bit overcast to get the best of the views.
Lows; A bit cold and windy…..and we don’t like road walking.
CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE
CLICK ON MAP TO ENLARGE