Walking from Badrallach to Scoraig

So today wasn’t pretty overcast still so we thought we’d walk from Badrallach to Scoraig. Scoraig is one of the only villages in Britain were the only access is by either foot or by sea, so we though it’d be interesting to go have a look at their community. Starting at Badrallach which is the closest you can drive towards the village we parked up to start our 5 mile walk out along the coast.

Note the nice little eco house at the start!

Badrallach to Scoraig

Round the first headland and the village is just about visible in the distance, right at the end of the peninsula. Such as still day today after the gale force winds earlier in the week, you can really see how clear the loch (Little Loch Broom) is.

Badrallach to Scoraig

Proving that we made the right call with picking a low level walk, the clouds coming down!

Badrallach to Scoraig

Met some friendly donkeys.

Donkey!

The start of the village. The footpath suddenly turns into the rough track that you can see. There’s a few houses, around 5, on the outskirts of the settlement and then it’s probably a good half a mile walk to the majority of the houses and the school.

Badrallach to Scoraig

Some nice little buildings, much nicer than the concrete ones that most people seem to go for.

Scoraig

A new build going up down by the sea.

Scoraig

This little lighthouse used to be down by the pier as you would expect, but the village decided to make use of it as an information point for visitors passing through. It’s a great little display, showing all the trades that the people do and how they get their utilities. As expected, the is no formal supply. All water comes from springs or wells and their source of electricity is almost purely through wind turbines, of which there are a range of shapes and sizes throughout the village.

Scoraig

A bench by the lighthouse featuring some poems and artwork from the local school.

Scoraig

The end of the village and the pier, this being the main access to the village. It’s also how the children get to school later on. There is a primary and secondary school which caters for children up to 12 years old, after which they have to temporarily board at a school for older pupils¬†nearer Gairloch or somewhere else I can’t remember.

Scoraig

A lone boat in the mist and cloud over the loch.

Little Loch Broom

We ate our lunch sitting above the pier, surrounded by the buzz of people working. You can tell this is not a place where people have your average office job! Everywhere people are working. After lunch we began our walk back up through the village and along the coast path back to the car.

I like how people have spent time making their house signs, and the majority of people out here not only appear to be English (we chatted to one lady at the school and bumped into another one at the lighthouse) but have also gone for the authentic US style mailboxes.

Scoraig

Starting our walk back along the coast path and we’re both pretty soggy by now as it’s been faintly drizzling for the last hour or so. Saved our apple cores for the donkeys though which definitely proved to be popular.

Badrallach to ScoraigBadrallach to Scoraig

Spotted some baby goats walking back along the cliffs, admittedly about the only thing we could see.

Baby Goats

The ‘view’ back to Scoraig and the mountains at the beginning of the loch.

Badrallach to Scoraig

We got back to the car in our very own personal cloud, completely soaked but not nearly as tired as we were walking 10 miles earlier in the week!

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