Day 8 – Achintraid to Ardaneaskan

I woke up to the sound of a van pulling up in the car park at about 7 this morning and assumed the builders had arrived (we parked next to a building site in the pub car park) In actual fact we were spared the builders but it did get incredibly windy, to the point that it nearly blew to pop top roof shut. It looks pretty miserable out there.

Still, after having a day that consisted of equal amounts driving, to sitting in the pub I wanted to go walking regardless of the weather. Firstly we headed down into Torridon to use the campsites showers, you’ve got to grab em when you can! We then decided to head back towards the road to Applecross and depending on the weather walk around that area, meaning that tomorrow we are in striking distance of the pass of the cattle, weather permitting. Driving back from Torridon the weather started to break up and we decided to do the longer walk option starting in Archintriad.

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Parking on the waters edge we walked along the road a short way and then too a track that headed up onto the moorland in a steady climb.

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After a while this reaches the top of a ridge and then drops into the valley behind. The path then becomes very pretty, running alongside a burn and through some trees.

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Eventually we emerged onto a forestry track before heading back into a very mossy woodland.

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A nice spot for lunch.

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After clearing the woods and a short walk down a minor road, Strome Castle is reached. Both the map and the sign are at great pains to point out that it is definietly ruined and they’re not lying.

Still it’s a pretty spot.

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Retracing our steps back down the road, we continue to the village of Ardaneaskan. Right at the end of this dead end road is a lovely spot, which we decided to drive back round to at the end of the walk and park up for the night in.

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The walk itself now continues back out of the village on a foresty track until rejoining the original path from earlier where we begin to climb back over the hill to our parking spot.

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Having driven into Loch Carran and voted the Scotlands best local store 2018, we drove back round to our parking spot which is only improved by having a van in it. I think anyway.

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