Day 150 : Corran – Glenelg

As you can see there is a jump in my blog of the stretch from Inverie to Corran in the Knoydart area. The reason for this is so I can spend some time with the family while they are up here with me, but that does not mean it will be left out, I’ll be back later to do it.

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Walk Date :                3rd Oct 2015
Mileage :                     11.00 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,351.19 miles
Accommodation :      Cottage, Loch Duich Lodge, Ratagan

The Knoydart peninsular is reputed to be the last wilderness of Scotland, very beautiful but also remote with no roads beyond the head of Loch Hourn. The first village you come to going northwards is a road at Corran which is where I start today’s walk.

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The first thing I notice is a sign directing you over the bridge for Sheena’s Tea Hut alongside a row of old fishermen’s cottages and sheds. At the car park before the bridge is a visitor centre with a plenty of information about the village and the area. This is where I start today.

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I follow the coast to Arnisdale with its line of cottages straggled around a shingle bay. I notice like a lot of the highland villages that it still has its red phone box. If you look hard enough along the grassy edge of the beach you come across rusty old anchors and old decaying boats. If you look outwards into the loch from here you can see the an Isle or a big rock called Eilean Tioram. Onwards I go.

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I climb upwards and get spectacular views of Loch Hourn and the surrounding landscape. I pass by Sandaig Bay where the author Gavin Maxwell rented a cottage for 20 years. He was the author of “Ring of Bright Water”, a description of his life with otters.

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I pass through the sheltered bay at Eilenreach and onto Glenelg. This village lies across the Sound of Sleat from the Isle of Sky. I pass the rather striking War Memorial and on into the village where I finish for today.