Day 145 : Lochailort – Mallaig

Today is quite exciting for me. My wife and two of my daughters, Andrea and Julie are driving up to join me for 5 days. So with this in mind I walk with a spring in my step.

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Walk Date :                27th Sep 2015
Mileage :                     19.00 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,340.19 miles
Accommodation :      Cottage, Loch Duich Lodge, Ratagan

Yesterday as I approached Lochailort I could see steam clouds through the trees as a train was passing through on its way to Mallaig. I was too far away to take any pictures, so I’m hoping I might be lucky today.

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I take the road out of Lochailort and walk up past the head of Loch Ailort with good views down the lock. Up on the hillside I notice a white church overlooking the road.

At Polnish I pass a footpath sign going to Peanmeanach where I believe there is a bothy.

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As I walk along Loch nan Uamh I see a sign for Prince Charlie’s Cairn, so I go and have a look. Bonnie Prince Charlie is part of Scottish history, instigator of the Jacobean uprising to regain the British throne but was finally defeated at the famous Battle of Culloden.

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I quickly stop at Beasdale unmanned railway station which is a request stop and take a peek at the timetable. The station was originally built as a private station for Arisaig House. A train is not due but I might make it to Arisaig. Just in case it’s a steam train that comes along.

When I reach Arisaig Station the train that arrived was just a normal diesel train, what a disappointment. Arisaig is on the shores of Loch nan Ceall or the “Loch of the Cells”. It has an interesting Land, Sea and Islands Visitor Centre with an exhibition of the area’s natural history.

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I pass along the beaches of Morar with it’s Silver Sands. It has been used as a location in many films and dramas including Local Hero with Burt Lancaster, Highlander, Breaking the Waves and Rob Roy.

I walk into Mallaig, the gateway to the Isles with a Ferry Terminal and the Rail station, the end of the line on the West Highland Route.

I finish for today and am now off to meet the family.