Walking Scotlands Coast

DAY 96 – NEWTON OF ARDTOE TO ARIVEGAIG

DAY 96   

SUNDAY 24 MAY, 2015

NEWTON OF ARDTOE TO ARIVEGAIG

9 MILES 4.5 HOURS

MORRIS, PHIL, BILL, GEORGE, STEWART, JAMES, ALAN, BRIAN, JOHN, STEWART B.

TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1329 MILES

Six days walking were planned for this year’s May trip. Half the group completed the full week while those with work commitments returned home after the first three days walking. We hired two minibuses which, for the first three days, made drop offs and pick-ups easy, thereafter Stewart was our dedicated driver. We set of at 0530 for the journey north stopping in Fort William for breakfast before crossing on the Corran ferry and travelling on to Ardnamurchan. We dropped one minibus at Arivegaig then drove to the start of the walk at Newton of Ardtoe. It was dry when we set off walking north across marshy ground towards the sea inlet at Faodhail Dhubh. There had been a lot of rain and as a result care had to be taken crossing several fast flowing burns we encountered as we made our way along the west side of the inlet. The terrain was undulating and we had to negotiate several rocky gulleys as we headed towards Port na Lathaich. Looking back down South Channel we could see Castle Tioram which we had passed on day 89. As we neared Farquhar’s Point some large rocky outcrops and deep gulleys had to be crossed which required some hands on scrambling. Looking out to sea Rum and Eigg were just visible through the drizzly rain which had started. On rounding the point we decided underfoot conditions might be firmer if we gained some height and made our way uphill towards Carn Mor. Walking round the west shoulder of the hill we could see Ardtoe below us some distance ahead and made our way back down towards the sea. We walked round the sandy bay to the wall at the fish farm where we crossed to the small beach at Ardtoe.  From Ardtoe we walked on the road for a short distance before returning to the sea edge just passed the jetty. The tide was out and we were able to walk on the sands and mudflats of Kentra Bay having to detour back towards the shore on one occasion to cross a river which flowed out into the bay. We continued round the bay to the finish of the days walk at Arivegaig.

Summary; Always good to finish the first walk of the week without having encountered any setbacks. Underfoot conditions were for most of the walk very soft which made the gulleys a bit more testing. The first half to Ardtoe was quite undulating and not for the unfit.

Highs; A good testing walk for the first day with some nice views.

Lows; The weather could have been better.

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DAY 96 ROUTE MAP

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