Day 250: Rubha a’ Chaiginn to Leacraithnaich Bothy – through Glensanda Quarry

Argyllshire – North, Scotland

Sunrise over Loch Linnhe, Highland, Scotland.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to walk through the jetty at Glensanda Super Quarry which is the largest granite quarry in Europe or I’ll have a very long detour away from the coast. The site, surrounded by mountains is only accessible by sea so it’s like a world of its own. Visitors are normally driven through the site for safety reasons but when I explained what I was doing the escort vehicle returned with hi viz overalls and a helmet for me to wear so I could walk through, they also gave me two bags of food. “We’re a big employer round here. it’s either the fish farms or working here if you don’t work for the council” one of the men told me. They took a pic of me for their newsletter and with big smiles all round I head up into the open hill towards the bothy at Leacraithnaich that I plan to spend the night in.

Ben Nevis from Kingairloch I, Highland, Scotland.

Ben Nevis from Kingairloch II, Highland, Scotland.

Ben Nevis from Kingairloch III, Highland, Scotland.

Ben Nevis from Kingairloch IV, Highland, Scotland.

Ceanna Mor I, Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Ceanna Mor II, Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Gather, Allt a Chaigin, Highland, Scotland.

Shiploader, Glensanda Quarry, Highland, Scotland.

Liam, Glensanda Quarry, Highland, Scotland.

Glensanda Quarry, Highland, Scotland.

Date of walk: 10/12/18



Entry to Glensanda Quarry when approaching via the coast.

Safety clothing, permission to walk through the site and lunch courtesy of Aggregate Industries, Glensanda Quarry.

Way to Leacraithnaich Bothy.


First glimpse of Leacraithnaich Bothy.


Sleeping platform at Leacraithnaich Bothy, moments later my pack was crawling with mice.

Candlelit dinner at Leacraithnaich Bothy.

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11 thoughts on “Day 250: Rubha a’ Chaiginn to Leacraithnaich Bothy – through Glensanda Quarry”

  1. What a great story I’m so glad they let you walk through the quarry. And free lunch – what a bonus! I hope it wasn’t rock cake 🙂

    • Haha, I’m glad it wasn’t too! They actually offered a hot meal in the canteen at first but I had to press on as it was getting dark in a few minutes. Proper Highland hospitality 👍

      • Harris says:

        When I saw this sunset photo I began understand why some of the Scottish painters use such “unnatural” colours in their landscapes! I meant to make this comment when I first saw this amazing evening shot!

      • Yes, the colours are extraordinary, some of my photos are desaturated as the colours the camera saw looked too harsh

  2. petejohnstone says:

    ‘Crawling with mice’ – not sure that i would of slept in the bothy – taken my chances outside

    • If the weather had been better I might have too. As it was I just hung and tied my food bags next door and that was the end of them.

    • Thanks, it was wonderful to unzip the tent and be greeted with those colours. The streaming made me laugh – it really looked like smoke!

  3. Now I understand why your gear was pegged up along the clothes line.
    This is a great walk Quintin and a marvel to travel by foot along the highland coast in December.

    • It’s actually supplies left in the bothy by others. There were a lot of mice (I found them crawling all over my backpack) which is why things were hung up there!

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