Wednesday 25 June 2014

Sort of the Affric Kintail Way - Day Five - Moyle to Glenelg

View west from Moyle campsite down Glen More to the hills above Kylerhea on Skye

Just a morning stroll down the road to Glenelg to be picked up by Jim and Freddie (back from Uni).

So... a leisurely breakfast and break of camp (no midges!) and a quiet chat with the neighbours (a couple from the south, in a small caravan, who had been in the campsite for three weeks and never want to go home!). Once we were ready and I had finished my third cup of tea, we wandered west to complete the last little piece of our walk.

Rafe had his constitutional plodge in a body of water, the Glenmore River, which flowed beside the campsite and  narrow road.

Rafe - in Glenmore River near Moyle

We looked back fondly at the campsite - I think we'll be back!

Looking back (east) over Moyle campsite to the hills of Glensheil Forest

The telephone box marked on the map was at the farm - hopefully Steve had been able to get through to his wife yesterday to arrange that lift!

Glen More - views west

We didn't see a car until we met the "main" road from Mam Ratagan. But once on this road, there was quite a lot of traffic.

Target practice - near Moyle

We walked through several small settlements and there were a few people about, everyone had a "Morning" or an "Aye aye" as we passed - there were crofters working with their sheep, cutting peats and working the land - so different from yesterday's wild places, empty of people.

Glen More - views west

The few miles went by quickly and we were soon in Glenelg.

Near the end...

There was still no phone signal though - Jim and I had arranged to meet in Glenelg at lunchtime and it would have been nice to be able to get through to check he was on his way.

Sound of Sleat and Kyle Rhea from Glenelg

We called into the little shop in Glenelg - yum. The lady in the shop told me that there is a phone signal down by the War Memorial (apparently oftentimes there are crowds of people there - not paying their respects, but making phone calls!). So I sat outside the shop and ate and drank my purchases (apart from the ones Rafe ate) chatting away to various locals (they really are lovely people) with every intention of ringing Jim from the War Memorial.

Rafe - Sound of Sleat and Kyle Rhea from Glenelg

But as soon as we set off again, who should drive by, but Jim and Freddie, full of smiles and waves. Rafe and I continued on down to the War Memorial anyway, we wanted to finish on the shore. Jim and Freddie walked back from the car park to meet us, and we did the last few metres together.

We had views across a glassy Kyle Rhea and Sound of Sleat to Skye, the rolling green of southern Skye - a lovely finish to a wonderful walk.

Where are we going next!

Glenelg War Memorial with the Sound of Sleat and Skye beyond

Route:  Campsite at Moyle (NG879191), NW along minor road to junction at NG863199, turn W (left) and follow minor road through Glen More to junction at NG821198, turn SW (left) into Glenelg, follow minor road through village to War Memorial on waterfront (NG809192)

Statistics:  Distance: 7.9km   Ascent: 40m  Time: 2.45hours

Conclusion:  I thoroughly enjoyed the walk from start to finish. Obviously I didn't do the official Affric Kintail Way, starting in Glen Urquhart rather than Drumnadrochit, taking a different glen out of Affric into Kintail etc. Maybe I'll do the proper route next year? But, what I did do was well waymarked and easy to follow. There was no uninteresting bits, views and history all along the way. The only bit that needs sorting is from Corrimony to Cannich - just a little bit too much road walking (and it can be a busy road!). Hopefully, if the route is a success and it brings money into the community, landowners will get on board and agree to a route through the fields and over the hills at that point. The only really big investment will be a footbridge over the river at Corrimony. I also would like to see the walk lengthened - I went over the hills from Sheil Bridge into Glenelg, but what about a route along Loch Duich toward Kyle of Lochalsh and then Skye? There's lots of routes that could be linked! But then it wouldn't be from Affric to Kintail....
Do the route - it's superb!

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