We had a couple of spare hours around Tarbert, Argyll before catching a ferry to Islay for a week's holiday. The weather was a bit iffy but Tarbert only kept us occupied for an hour or so before we were itching to explore somewhere else. Despite some very low cloud base we decided to head to nearby Torinturk to visit the iron-age fort on Dun a'Choin Dhuibh.
A very rough track leads up to the parking area - slow progress but doable in a normal car. From here we set off along the track to the south-west, damp underfoot from all the rain and slugs everywhere. It was warm and humid but fortunately the rain stayed away for the whole of the walk. Despite being only 50 metres above sea level there was still patchy mist around.
Gaps in the trees revealed a ferry departing Kennacraig across the loch:
On the way to the summit the path passes a couple of cairns - one Neolithic, one bronze age. They're unexcavated so there's not much to look at, but interesting nonetheless.
They also help put off the following muddy section:
Luckily the boggy bit was short, with the summit path soon branching off (N.B. - interpretation board mentioned on walkhighlands is missing). This climbs steeply through dense forest - thankfully the route's marked with paint blobs otherwise it'd be easy to lose the path.
Soon we were at the summit - and fort, which was treacherously slippery in the wet! Fortunately it was cloud-free and a few spots of blue sky were even appearing over West Loch Tarbert. Great views.
Back down to the track and left for a short distance to the parking area. In the end the ferry was delayed by a couple of hours so we could have lingered at the top...
Islay & Jura 2016
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