Day 154 : Stromeferry – Strome Castle

The main road now bypasses the village of Stromeferry. There used to be a road sign off the main road that said Stromeferry, and then in brackets “No Ferry”. My walk today takes me around the head of Loch Carron to North Strome which is where the ferry used to go to.

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Walk Date :                1st Oct 2015
Mileage :                     15.60 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,415.39 miles
Accommodation :      Cottage, Loch Duich Lodge, Ratagan

I walk out of the village back to the main road and a short way along it I come to a viewpoint with superb views up and down the loch. My route today is mostly on the road with the railway line for company along the Eastern side of the loch. The line goes from the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness.

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Passing Strome Woods with a few woodland trails I descend downhill to Ardnaff where the road is alongside the railway line. Every now and again a train passes which gives me a photo opportunity. At Attadale I see a sign for some gardens. It is an artist’s garden owned by Nicky MacPherson with views of the Isle of Skye and surrounding mountains.

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Near Attadale the road passes through an avalanche tunnel, I have not seen many of these. The Shelter is to divert any rock falls over the railway line into the Loch.

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I stop at Strathcarron for my lunch and wait for my wife and two daughters to join me who are walking the second half of this walk with me. Suitably refreshed we continue on our walk. A car passes and someone shouts out my name and a message of support. I don’t know who it was but thanks that cheered me up. It’s nice to know people are following my blog and twitter feeds.

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We pass the golf course and a few small businesses along the roadside before entering Lochcarron. The village is a lovely location spread along the lochside. The petrol station is also the general store where we could also get a free welcome cup of tea.