It’s time for me to leave the cottage that the family and I had rented at Ratagan. After a good clean up and packing I left the keys and was on my way. I make my way to North Strome to continue my walk.
Walk Date : 4th Oct 2015
Mileage : 15.70 miles Total Mileage : 2,431.09 miles
Accommodation : SYHA, Hartfield House, Applecross
Just up the road from the old ferry jetty is the sad looking ruins of Strome Castle. The castle sits on a rocky outcrop in the Strome Narrows on Loch Carron. It is strategically placed with good views at the mouth of the loch. From the display board the castle was a tower house.
The route follows the loch through woodland to Ardaneaskan, There are some fantastic views here of the Isle of Skye and of Applecross. I take a good forest track into the hills. I missed the path off the track that goes over the hills, the sign is partially hidden. I had stayed on the track which came to a dead end and had to backtrack.
Once on the path it was straight forward to follow to Achintraid, a crafting village on Loch Kishorn. Just after joining the main road at Kishorn I see another one of those red telephone boxes, this one was used for “selfie” photographs.
At Tornapress is the junction for the road to Applecross. There is a sign warning of the height climbed and is not suitable for trailing caravans and learner drivers, probably because of its steepness and hairpin bends. The route has been classed as one of the top ten road journeys in the world and compared to an alpine pass
There is quite a bit of traffic that passes me on the way up, I have to walk on the verge several times. One vehicle was an old VW campervan crawling up the hill. It made it to the top because it was still there when I reached the summit at Carn Glas.