Day 232: Ormsary to Point of Knap – Saint and Scran

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Argyllshire - South, Scotland

Alex, a Chinook door gunner on his last day of leave, Ormsary, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

St Columba’s Cave, said to be where the Irish abbot credited with spreading Christianity in Scotland stopped for a few days on his journey north from Ireland in 563, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Entrance to St Columba’s Cave, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

The altar in St Columba’s Cave, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Carved cross, St Columba’s Cave, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Wall, tree and rock become one, Ellary, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Track to the Point of Knap, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Liath Eilein near the Point of Knap, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Birchwood, Point of Knap, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

The Sound of Jura from the Point of Knap, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Date of walk: 13/08/18

I’ve had a shocker of a day making one kilometre per hour progress in very challenging terrain and weather. I was putting the tent up in the rain when I had a chat with a man walking along the shore who then came back from his house with beer and eggs.

The following morning I meet Alex again on the road who gives me a welcome pile of fresh food. “No use to me mate, last day of leave, get some scran down you”…..“It’s not true about us Scots!“.

Result!

Toasting a gifted bagel in St Columba’s Cave

I can’t fry the bacon on the jetboil (it would melt off the heat transfer fins) so I boiled it instead – still tasted good!

There’s a cave marked on the map somehwere here on the Point of Knap which I’m hoping to find to sleep in.

I found the cave but it’s just as damp as being outside in the rain! Time to look for somewhere for the tent instead.

Camp, Port an t-Salainn, Point of Knap, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Clothing laid out to dry, firewood (I made the fire below the tideline on the rocks to leave no trace) and water collected.

Happy camper, Port an t-Salainn, Point of Knap, Argyll & Bute, Scotland.

Boiling the black pudding I’d been given.

More gifted food and without a doubt the healthiest thing that’s ever entered my Jetboil!

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4 thoughts on “Day 232: Ormsary to Point of Knap – Saint and Scran”

  1. petejohnstone says:

    A lovely set of photos – people can be really kind to walkers – I still remember on the Groats End walk, when miles from anywhere, a lady popped up only to give me a loaf of bread – it tasted heaven!
    The cave looks great but you would’nt catch me sleeping there overnight!

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    • You’re right and gifted food tastes the sweetest especially after a stint of dried rations. I would have slept there if the floor wasn’t so wet!

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