Day 270: Mallaig to Ardintigh – Hailbows over Knoydart

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Inverness-shire - North, Scotland

Date of walk: 4/3/19

Rùm from Mallaig, Scotland

Rùm from Mallaig, Scotland

Loch an Nostarie, Scotland.

Loch an Nostarie, Scotland.

The Cuillin Hills on Skye from North Morar, Scotland.

The Cuillin Hills on Skye from North Morar, Scotland.

From North Morar above Mallaig, Scotland.

From North Morar above Mallaig, Scotland.

Eigg from North Morar, Scotland

Eigg from North Morar, Scotland

An Leth-allt above Mallaig leading to the Island of Rùm, Scotla

An Leth-allt above Mallaig leading to the Island of Rùm, Scotland.

Allt a' Bhealaich Dhuibh above Mallaig, Scotland

Allt a’ Bhealaich Dhuibh above Mallaig, Scotland

Loch Eireagoraidh (loch of the shieling of the corrie) above Mal

Loch Eireagoraidh (loch of the shieling of the corrie) above Mallaig with Mullach Mor on Rum in the distance, Scotland, March 2019.

Underfoot, by Loch Eireagoraidh, North Morar, Scotland.

Underfoot, by Loch Eireagoraidh, North Morar, Scotland.

Kylesknoydart, Loch Nevis, Scotland.

Kylesknoydart, Loch Nevis, Scotland.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart I, North Morar, Scotland.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart I, North Morar, Scotland.

Sgùrr na Cìche on the edge of Knoydart, Scotland.

Sgùrr na Cìche on the edge of Knoydart, Scotland.

The Rough Bounds, North Morar, Scotland.

The Rough Bounds, North Morar, Scotland.

Loch Nevis and Kylesknoydart from North Morar, Scotland.

Loch Nevis and Kylesknoydart from North Morar, Scotland.

Scottish sublime. North Morar in the foreground with Knoydart be

Scottish sublime. North Morar in the foreground with Knoydart behind the rainbow over Loch Nevis

Rough Bounds. North Morar, Scotland.

Rough Bounds. North Morar, Scotland.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart II, North Morar, Scotland.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart II, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh and Moby Prince of Whales on the shore of Loch Nevis w

Ardintigh and Moby Prince of Whales on the shore of Loch Nevis with Sgurr nan Coireachan in snow, Scotland, March 2019.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart III, North Morar, Scotland.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart III, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh catches the light, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh catches the light, North Morar, Scotland.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and the Rough Bounds, North Morar, Scotl

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and the Rough Bounds, North Morar, Scotland.

Loch Nevis, Scotland, March 2019.

Loch Nevis, Scotland, March 2019.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart IV, North Morar, Scotland.

Hailbow over Loch Nevis and Knoydart IV, North Morar, Scotland.

 

The first glimpse of Knoydart and Loch Nevis.

The first glimpse of Knoydart and Loch Nevis.


Sleet falls on Loch an Nostarie.

 


It’s called the rough bounds for a reason!

 


Looking back towards Loch Eireagoraidh.

 


The unfolding panorama of Knoydart and Loch Nevis.

 


Broken boggy ground towards Ardintigh

 


Hailbow over over Knoydart

 

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16 thoughts on “Day 270: Mallaig to Ardintigh – Hailbows over Knoydart”

  1. Beautiful photos and looks like rather changeable conditions! I walked in to and through Knoydart but followed the track along the north shore of Loch Morar to Tarbet (from Arisaig), rather than the more northerly route I see you took. Looks like a tough walk though Knoydart was the toughest part of the coast I’ve done.

    • Yes, it was all four seasons within minutes. It was very rough ground, following the actual coastlien from Mallaig is next to impossible so following the high ground was the closest walkable option. Knoydart is all about superlatives!

  2. Wow, such fantastic photos! Having lived in Edinburgh for three years, I can safely say that Scotland is beautiful throughout the year, no matter the season 🤗 can’t wait to go back one day

  3. kevan hubbard says:

    What a beautiful picture of Rhum.I remember about five years back on a brilliantly clear February day walking from Mallaig to Morar and waiting,a thankfully long wait as trains are infrequent perhaps as they should be,for the Fort William train and out at sea Rhum and Eigg with Venus and the thin crescent 🌙 Moon above them.One of those magical moments.

      • kevan hubbard says:

        Many fond memories of the stars and planets interacting with the Earth on hikes too many too remember.Had one two nights ago at Commondale in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park.At 0535 the sky cleared leaving Orion and Sirius blazing away mid sky.Another Scottish one was getting off the overnight sleeper at Arrochar and Tarbet, the station is actually in Tarbet, and walking to Arrochar to get the Scottish Citylink bus to the place where the Gigha ferry goes from and Jupiter was blazing away in the pre dawn sky(it was winter so didn’t get light until later).

  4. Pete Johnstone says:

    A wonderful set of images, coupled with some tough walking and some guts to do that route alone.Lovely to see Rum again, having lived there in the 70s.

    • Thanks, Pete the island must stay in your soul if you lived there once – very hard to shake off I would imagine.

      • Pete Johnstone says:

        Yes I suppose Rum is now part of me, certainly a very special place to live for a while (I wish I had taken more B&W images) but talking of soul – your walk around the coast will be pretty unforgettable. I just wonder what the next challenge will be…

      • I’m still in the middle of the editing marathon so no grand plans for the time being. I do an all-day walk weekly, normally in Wales, and a week-long trail such as the South Downs Way every couple of months.

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