I started today’s walk from the Castle Stalker View café and gift shop off the main A828 road at Portnacrish and follow the shores of Loch Linnhe towards Ballachulish. There are great views and the food looked delicious but I decided it was too early for me to start eating.
The route is a combination of cycleway and road with good views across the loch.
Just before Duror I turn off the main road for Cuil Bay. It is a long single horseshoe shaped bay which is popular for bird spotting. I stop with some other people to watch an otter swimming and playing on the waters edge.
The road ends and I follow a sort of path around the headland towards Ardsheal Hill. The going gets difficult and boggy and the path seems to peter out so with map and viewranger I manage to find a way to Ardsheal House or Hotel where there is a track that leads t Kentallen.
Kentallen grew up around the old Fort William to Oban railway line. The Holly Tree Restaurant used to be the old railway station. I continue on to the bridge at Ballachulish.
About 40 years ago I remember coming past here for a holiday on the Ardnamurchan peninsular. There was no bridge then, it was not built until 1975, and there used to be a car ferry that took cars and people across the lock. We had arrived too late for the ferry and had to drive all the way around the head of the loch which added about another 15 miles to our long journey.