Day 152 : Ratagan – Balmacara

Yesterday I had an unplanned, forced day off. The reason being that I was doing some last minute grocery shopping before the store closed on a Sunday. In my rush to get into the store I tripped over the curb in the car park which sent me sprawling across the car park.

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Walk Date :                29th Sep 2015
Mileage :                     13.00 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,381.29 miles
Accommodation :      Cottage, Loch Duich Lodge, Ratagan

The upshot of all this is that my knee had swollen up like a balloon. I had taken Ibuprofen overnight but the knee was still quite painful. Anyway today with a knee support and still taking the pills I set out walking.

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I was glad that the going would be fairly flat  with a lot of it along the roadside.

Ratagan is a very tranquil and peaceful place overlooking Loch Duich with great views of the “Five Sisters of Kintail” mountains.

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I join the main road that takes you to the Isle of Skye. Walking past the Kintail Lodge Hotel I notice a small building, not much bigger than a double garage, in the car park. It said on it the “Wee Bunkhouse”, I think there is also another bunkhouse at the rear of the hotel.

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The family join me at Dornie with its world famous castle Eilean Donan, who’s picture has appeared on many biscuit tins and chocolates. The castle is well worth a visit if you can avoid the tourists who make a quick photo stop before continuing on their journey.

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The family walk with me, we pass through a little village of Ardelve where there was a little bakery run by a german family.  The bakery was like a big shed at the back of the house where there was a lovely selection of homemade breads which I can highly recommend.