Travel writer Willie Shand is up and about early for this post!
I left home early this morning and, after a 2.5 hour drive, boarded the Corran Ferry to Ardgour at 7.30 am. An early start has two great benefits – it avoids the worst of the traffic and it adds four or five hours to the day.
I’d a couple of walks in mind – one, from Ardgour round by Clovullin and another, along the banks of the River Shiel from Castle Tioram. Apart from that, it was just a matter of seeing what I could find along the way.
After a nose around Ardgour, it was then on to Strontian, Salen and Acharacle. I must admit I was quite tempted to take a walk into the “Singing Sands” at Gortenfern, but that might have just been stretching it too far.
The Seven Men of Moidart
Each time I come round this circuit there seems to be another of the Seven Men of Moidart gone. Originally, these were seven beech trees planted to commemorate the seven men who accompanied Bonnie Prince Charlie when he arrived in 1745. Storms have taken their toll, though, and now only two remain.
At Glenuig, I stop and sit on the stony beach to enjoy the view away to the Cuillin of Skye before pushing on to Lochailort and the road for Corpach.
Dinner could wait. It was still too nice to go inside. Time for a walk along the towpath of the Caledonian Canal and to watch the boats pass through the locks of Neptune’s Staircase.
Having driven up by Crieff and Tyndrum in the morning, for a change, my way home took me by Spean Bridge and Perth. These long day trips might leave you feeling tired, but it’s great when you get home and reflect upon all the places you’ve been since rising.