Rubh an Eireannaich circuit

Route: Rubh an Eireannaich, Broadford

Date walked: 29/07/2019

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 8km

This circuit includes the route to Rubh an Eireannaich (Irishman's Point) but then continues along the shoreline all the way around to Rubha na Sgianadin. This can ONLY be done at LOW TIDE and the going is awkward on shingle in some places and slippery in others. However, the views are great and you tend to be on your own.

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You can start from Broadford near the footbridge as stated on WH walk description, which will bring the hard work in the middle of the walk, and an easy stroll back to the car at the end.
However, as I wanted to pitch my tent near Rubha na Sgianadin, I started from there. Those with their own car can use the car park here. The bus driver dropped me off just south of it at Broadford cemetery.
From the car park, walk south along the road towards Broadford, passing the cemetery and then switching to the good path parallel to the main road (which is in fact the old main road). Flowers are everywhere and the high bushes on the right keep the main road out of sight, though not out of earshot.
Eventually the path heads away from the road to contour a small hillock and then reaches a t-junction with a broad gravel track. By turning left up the track, a quicker return can be done by the heights through plantation with wonderful views over to Pabay, Scalpay and Applecross. Instead, I followed the track straight on, eventually reaching the main road at the outskirts of Broadford. By crossing this and heading into the light industrial area and then turning left parallel to the road (there is a nice little park there) I reached the bus stop with shop and café where I had my late lunch.
I continued towards Broadford, where I had a stroll in the park and then turned back to cross the footbridge. From here, I followed the slightly overgrown path to the slipway south of Rubh an Eireannaich.

Just beyond the slipway, a gate leads down to the beach and out to the point. This gives already a glimpse of what can be expected for the next 2 kilometres. If you think this going is too hard and awkward, turn back to Broadford once the point is reached.
Once around Rubh an Eireannaich, I simply followed the coastline. I spotted a grassy path just beyond the beach, but it was very wet and I preferred the rocky beach.
The shingle alternates with slippery granite slabs and boulder fields, but the onward route can not be missed.
I eventually reached a bay curving round right, where the broad forest track from the car park at the start heads to. There is a picnic bench. I left the beach here to take the path that heads along the coast for some hundred metres more to reach a flat grassy area with campfire remains, a good camping spot and obviously appreciated by the village youth.
Here the path peters out. The onward route is pathless, although not as rough as the 2 kilometres from Rubh an Eireannaich. It simply curves around the point and then along a bay to the bridge over Allt an Rubha.
The back of the bay:

Just before the bridge I walked up the slope to the track.
The parking is on the right, I turned left for the track back to the picnic table and further to the campfire site to pitch my tent
View from the point where the track from the car park reaches the coast line:

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Location: Paris
Occupation: Preparing my next trip to Scotland.
Interests: Scotland and Fantasy, and if both go together that's even better
Activity: Backpacker
Pub: Too many people in pubs..
Mountain: Rois-Bheinn
Place: a cove north of Plocaig
Gear: My 5min-pitch-up-tent
Ideal day out: Get a map, pick a point randomly, give it a try and let yourself surprise - it's incredible how many beautiful corners I discovered like this!
Ambition: The Hebridean Way

Long Distance routes: West Highland Way    Kintyre Way    Loch Lomond and Cowal Way    Skye Trail    Arran Coastal Way   

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