Many of you will have watched the Adventure Show Special programmes, Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands, presented by Cameron McNeish. The programmes are currently still available on the BBC iplayer.
If you wanted to explore some of the locations in the programmes yourself, then have a look at the gallery below.
Isle of Luing
Cameron’s journey started at the picturesque former quarrying village of Cullipool on the Isle of Luing. He followed a walk around the coastline of the island past the quarries – this route is featured on Walkhighlands as our Isle of Luing and the Slate Quarries route.
Ellenabeich, Isle of Seil
On the Isle of Seil, Cameron climbed up behind Ellenabeich to the dramatic coastline with spectacular views over towards the Isle of Mull. You can reach the same place by following the Ellenabeich hillwalk route.
Tirefour broch, Isle of Lismore
Cameron’s next stop was on the beautiful and fertile Isle of Lismore, where we feature several enjoyable walks. The programme featured the dramatic Tirefour Broch, which can be visited on walks from either Point or Achnacroish.
Clach Thoull, Port Appin
In the company of a geologist, Cameron followed the easy walk along the raised beach from Port Appin to the great rock arch of Clach Thoull – once a coastal arch before the sea level fell.
Taigh Seumas A’ ghlinne, Glen Duror
Cameron related the story of the Appin murder, visiting the site which is reached by a short signposted stroll up from a car park west of Ballachulish. This isn’t enough for a walk to be a Walkhighlands route, but we do instead feature the forest walk up through the woods of Glen Duror to visit Taigh Seumas A’ ghlinne. This was once the home of James of the Glen who was wrongly hanged for the murder; today it is a bothy.
Beinn a’ Chrulaiste, Glencoe
Cameron climbed Beinn a’ Chrulaiste to enjoy the superlative views over Buachaille Etive Mor and Glencoe.
Corran Ferry, Ardgour
Cameron crossed the Corran Ferry to reach Ardgour; we feature a short circular walk from the ferry jetty.
Castle Tioram, near Acharacle
After visiting Ceilidh King Fergie MacDonald, Cameron headed to one of Scotland’s most romantic ruined castles, Castle Tioram. He followed the dramatic Castle Tioram Silver walk circuit (“the most sensational short walk in Scotland”) which follows an old coast path before climbing back via the remains of a deserted village.
From Arisaig Cameron took out his packraft (see this article on packrafting) and explored the coastline, visiting a beautiful and remote sandy bay. Walkhighlands features a walk from Arisaig to the beautiful beach at Port nam Murrach.
This article continues in a post covering locations in the second episode on this link.