TUESDAY 26 MAY, 2015
OCKLE TO ARDNAMURCHAN LIGHTHOUSE
17 MILES 8.5 HOURS
MORRIS, PHIL, BILL, GEORGE, STEWART, JAMES, ALAN, BRIAN, JOHN, STEWART B.
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 1358 MILES
Another good meal and a few pints were enjoyed in our hotel last night. After a pretty poor breakfast (more about that later) we headed off to drop one minibus at Ardnumurchan lighthouse before travelling in the other to the start of the days walk at Ockle. It was a nice dry morning when we got underway making our way back down to the sea near Ockle Point. We were able to walk close to the sea passed Garbh Rubha and the bay at Ardtoe Island but were forced inland at Achateny farm to cross the deep, fast flowing Achateny water at the bridge. Returning near to the sea we continued passed Port Ba’n and Port Kilchoan to Fascadale. Underfoot conditions on this part were varied with a mixture of grass areas, sandy beaches, rocky beaches and marshes none of which were a real problem. On walking through Fascadale we followed a track (shown on O.S. Map) for a distance before heading uphill to Meall Buidhe Mor then on to Meall Eigin-Aig. The views from these high points above the sea were fantastic and made the effort worthwhile. We continued along the hilltop above the sea before dropping down to sea level near Rubha Groulin then headed inland to Meall Clach an Daraich to view the Ardnamurchan Volcano. Again this was well worth the detour and you can clearly see the ring of hills formed by lava pushed up during the eruption some 60 million years ago. The volcanic ring is 9 miles in circumference and is much more obvious on Aerial photography images or 3D maps. Heading back near to the sea we made our way passed Rubha Carrach and Rubha an Duin Bhain to Sanna Point. Underfoot conditions on this part of the walk were good except a rocky bay near Sanna Point. The walk across the beautiful golden sandy beaches at Sanna bay was picturesque and enjoyable and a nice change to the terrain we had encountered so far on this walk. From Sanna Bay we walked on the road through Portuairk before heading up the hillside to the high point where we looked down on the lighthouse at the Point of Ardnumurchan. We made our way down the hillside to the caravan park then walked on the road the short distance to the lighthouse and the end of the days walk.
Summary; A really good full days walking with varying terrains and underfoot conditions. Much more straight forwards than yesterday. The weather although not sunny was perfect for walking.
Highs; Some great views and lovely beaches at Sanna Bay. Being at the most westerly point on the British mainland.
Lows; None really
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DAY 98 ROUTE MAP
SHADED MAP SHOWING OUTLINE OF THE ARDNAMURCHAN CALDERA