NEW EDITION MARCH 2017
Walks Mallaig & Ardnamurchan – Author: John & Trina Wombell and Richard Hallewell
Re walked by Richard & Maggie Legate
A fairly mild Autumn and Winter gave us an opportunity to rewalk our guide to the remote area covered by Walks Mallaig and Ardnamurchan. The area can only be reached directly by road on the A830 from Fort William to Mallaig, however the ferries from Corran south of Fort William to Ardgour, Fishnish on Mull to Lochaline, Tobermory on Mull to remote Kilchoan and Skye to Mallaig also provide the visitor with attractive alternative means of access.
The area is known for its emptiness, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches and pockets of fine Atlantic oakwoods. The population is generally small and scattered, with the main settlements at Mallaig, Arisaig, Strontian and Lochaline providing services for visitors.
We feature walks from each of these settlements as well as a number of routes on the more remote Ardnamurchan peninsula. Highlights include the oakwood reserve at Ariundle in Strontian (see centre left), the wonderful Silver Walk and Castle Tioram near Acharacle, the coastal path from Arivegaig to Ockle, and Camusdarach beach near Arisaig – famed for being the setting for the 1980s film Local Hero.
The guide also features a walk from Inverie village, with its renowned Old Forge Inn, on the Knoydart peninsula – a vast mountainous area only accessible by boat or on foot from the north – as well as a route on each of The Small Isles. This group of islands, accessible by ferry from Mallaig and Arisaig, each has its own distinct personality. In order to give the reader a taste of each island – we have included walks which can be done in between ferries on a day trip, such as the climb up the Sgurr of Eigg (see bottom left) For those who wish to stay longer, accommodation is available on each of the islands.
We found few changes on our rewalk, but have included one new route. Ghardail Walk, a waymarked walk on Kingairloch Estate replaces the walk up Ben Resipole. Kingairloch, along with many other smaller settlements in the area, now has a seasonal restaurant serving meals and refreshments, and a number of routes laid out for walkers and cyclists on the estate.
In all this is a fascinating area to visit with much to discover. Careful planning on the internet before travelling can really pay off – or alternatively take the Local Hero approach and just let the serene pace of dictate your plans.
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