Wednesday 20 July 2011

Daibaig and Loch Bad an Sgalaig - Holiday in the Far North and West of Scotland - Day 13.

Starting to gain some confidence on the local weather forecast. It said bright and warm, and thats what we got. Great for a morning walk that I had been itching to do, ever since our first visit to Diabaig, several years ago.

The drive to Diabaig is an adventure in itself, a wonderful windy, hilly, single track road, with a few strategically placed passing places, with some of the most breathtaking views anywhere..... and Lower Diabaig village and the sea at the end of it. Paradise. 
Diabaig Bay and Lower Diabaig village

We parked up at the very end of the road at Upper Diabaig and set off along the coast.

The path is pretty good and winds its way along, quite high above the shore, with great views of the coast and the islands to the west - Raasay and Skye.
Loch Torridon

No issues or worries about navigation, just breathtaking beauty all around.

Rafe and Hal, with views to Red Point from above Craig Bay

Craig Bothy

We descended to Craig Bothy, to meet a couple of hardened bothy users who had arrived yesterday and been glad for the shelter from the slightly damp weather.

We had a little explore of the building.......

Inside Craig Bothy

......and had lunch above Loch Dubh, with glorious views, before returning to Diabaig the way we had come.
Lunchtime views from above Craig Bothy

Jim on the return journey to Diabaig

Beinn Alligin from the Diabaig coast path

Nearing Diabaig

Route: Car parking area at Upper Diabaig (NG790605), footpath north along the coastto Craig bothy and return.

Statistics:  Distance:  8km  Ascent:  300m  Time:  3 hours. 

The sun continued shining and another paddle out in the canoe seemed appropriate.

Loch Bad an Sgalaig and Baosbheinn

We parked up on the A832 beside Loch Bad an Sgalaig and paddled south along the eastern side of the loch with great views of Baosbheinn ahead.

Abhainn a Garbh Choire waterfall from Loch Bad an Sgalaig

We stopped for an explore at the point where Abhainn a Garbh Choire empties into Loch Bad an Sgalaig.

Abhainn a Garbh Choire looking north west

We continued on through the channel into Dubh Loch, and stopped again for a snack on a pebble beach, scattered with gnarled drift wood.

Baosbheinn, Hal and Rafe by Dubh Loch

We had a some tea here, with great views all around, but the wind was getting up, so we decided to paddle around Dubh Loch and then return to our start point.

Dubh Loch looking north east

Dubh Loch looking west

The narrow channel back into Loch Bad an Sgalaig was running high, the wind blowing against us. It wasn't as bad as on Loch Maree, but Freddie's extra paddle power helped us get through the gap and into the slightly easier paddling in Loch Bad an Sgalaig. We enjoyed a choppy ride back across the loch to the road.

Torridon mountains from Kinlochewe

Later, we had a walk along to the Beinn Eighe Visitors Centre again, taking in the glorious views weather of Torridon.

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