Day 156 : Carn Glas – Applecross

The road across Bealach na Ba to Applecross is often closed in winter due to bad weather, quite often for many weeks. The alternative by road is a twenty eight mile detour along the coast road around the north of the peninsular.

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Walk Date :                5th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     16.50 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,447.59 miles
Accommodation :      SYHA, Hartfield House, Applecross

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Day 155 : Strome Castle – Carn Glas

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.

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Walk Date :                4th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     15.70 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,431.09 miles
Accommodation :      SYHA, Hartfield House, Applecross

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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

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Day 153 : Balmacara – Stromeferry

I did not quite cover the distance I intended yesterday, with my knee strapped up I was walking quite stiffly and the knee was aching by the end of the day. I continue again today, again with a support bandage on the knee and I hope over the next few days I can catch up.

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Walk Date :                30th Sep 2015
Mileage :                     18.50 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,399.79 miles
Accommodation :      Cottage, Loch Duich Lodge, Ratagan

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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

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Day 151 : Glenelg – Ratagan

As you approach the village of Glenelg there is a tree lined avenue of houses for what used to be forestry workers, playing fields and a community centre. I leave the village by a gate going past the “Barracks”, built to provide light defence after the Jacobean uprising.

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Walk Date :                2nd Oct 2015
Mileage :                     17.10 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,368.29 miles
Accommodation :      Cottage, Loch Duich Lodge, Ratagan

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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

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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

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Day 144 : Acharacle – Lochailort

Acharacle is on the main loop road from Fort William that links the Ardnamurchan and Moidart areas. It has a general store, a bakers and a fish & chip shop. I leave Acharacle across the bridge of the River Shiel which links the sea to the lock

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Walk Date :                25th Sep 2015
Mileage :                     18.50 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,321.19 miles
Accommodation :      Bunkhouse, Ariundle, Strontian

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Day 143 : Ockle – Acharacle

I leave Ockle by a bridlepath that goes up past some holiday cottages. I carry straight on through a gate and past a bungalow out onto some wild moorland. The path continues through rocky out crops with stunning views of the Isles of Eigg, Rhum and Skye.

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Walk Date :                26th Sep 2015
Mileage :                     10.20 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,302.69 miles
Accommodation :      Bunkhouse, Ariundle, Strontian

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