Windy but wonderful

Route: Kyle of Durness circuit

Date walked: 10/05/2018

Time taken: 4.5 hours

Distance: 9km

Ascent: 50m

On a brilliantly sunny but windy day we made the journey northwards from near Lochinver along the scenic A894 to the junction of that road with the little side road that runs along the edge of the Kyle of Durness towards the Cape Wrath ferry point. Parking close to the junction we then walked this circuit in a clockwise direction enjoying the beautiful coastal scenery along the way. A path follows the edge of small cliffs with the beginning of dunes along the side of the Kyle, but one needs to make sure that the best [often highest] path is followed to avoid steep drops on to rocks or beach below. At around NC372670 one cuts through the dunes and marram grass to reach a sandy bay to the south of Eilean Dubh. It was whilst crossing the dunes that we met a French couple coming the other way and using a mobile phone as their guide. They were convinced that they were on Fariad Head, which was more than a mile behind them, so we had to put them right and show their position on our map. [Us oldies prefer a paper map to hand held devices!] Lunch was taken at a small cove just by Eilean Dubh [Black Island] and as the tide was low I was able to cross the slippery rocks in order to add it to my Scottish Island 'bagged' list at number 71. The views from this point are superb, particularly back across the surf towards the entrance of the Kyle with the moors of the Cape Wrath peninsula beyond. A good path is now followed past some ruins and across the golf course to the ruined church and impressive big house at Balnakeil. A short road walk brings one to the craft village where one can indulge in some rather special coffee or browse in the bookshop before continuing on a pleasant green track that begins at the side of the craft village fence. This bright green track between drystone walls could almost be near Malham in the Yorkshire Dales, the reason for the similarity being the underlying limestone. Eventually the main road is reached and one is obliged to plod along it for about a mile to the start point. Not a real problem in early May but might be a bit of a trial in the height of the tourist season. A very fine walk!

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Activity: Mountaineer
Pub: farmers arms muker
Mountain: blaven
Place: mingulay
Gear: paramo windproof top
Member: national park volunteers
Ideal day out: A hill walk ending with a big view

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