Kylestrome to Rhiconich
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This long stretch leaves the spectacular environs of Kylesku - with great views back - for a track across the moors and up to the lonely summit of Ben Dreavie. A pathless yomp then leads across to another old track, passing beneath dramatic Ben Stack before descending to the A838. A fine old stalkers' route then leads round the west side of Arkle before another pathless and very boggy stretch - with a potentially major river crossing - emerges at Rhiconich on the west coast.
Good moorland tracks and paths for much of the route; there are much rougher, completely pathless stretches after Ben Dreavie and after the Arkle stalkers' path. The latter of these, in particular, is often extremely wet underfoot. Allt Garbh river crossing requires a wade - impassable in spate.
Kylesku has an infrequent bus link to Inverness - and Durness via Rhiconich.
NC217345 where minor road branches off A894 at Kylestrome.
Hillwalking in Winter
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