Day 271: Ardintigh to Sourlies Bothy – Tom McClean & Moby Prince of Whales

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Inverness-shire - North, Scotland

Date of walk: 5/3/19

Tom McClean, 78, SAS veteran and adventurer. He holds the world

Tom McClean, 78, SAS veteran and adventurer. He holds the world record as the first man to row across the Atlantic Ocean from west to east and numerous other feats of endurance. Ardintigh, Scotland.

Ardintigh I, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh I, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Tom McClean describing how he jumped onto the bastion-like islan

Tom McClean describing how he jumped onto the bastion-like island of Rockall from a boat in stormy seas to affirm Britain’s claim to it in 1985. Ardintigh, Scotland.

Ardintigh II, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh II, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

'Moby' Prince of Whales, Tom McClean’s boat, which completed a

‘Moby’ Prince of Whales, Tom McClean’s boat, which completed a circumnavigation of Britain in 1996, he plans to take it across the Atlantic in future, Ardintigh, Scotland.

Ardintigh IV, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh IV, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Tom McClean with  'Moby' Prince of Whales, Ardintigh, Scotland.

Tom McClean with ‘Moby’ Prince of Whales, Ardintigh, Scotland.

Ardintigh V, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh V, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Tom McClean descending from 'Moby' Prince of Whales, Ardintigh,

Tom McClean descending from ‘Moby’ Prince of Whales, Ardintigh, Scotland.

Ardintigh III, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh III, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh VI, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardintigh VI, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Sgùrr na Cìche with Kylesknoydart, North Morar, Scotland.

Sgùrr na Cìche with Kylesknoydart, North Morar, Scotland.

Old Schoolhouse I, Kylesmorar, Loch Nevis, Scotland.

Old Schoolhouse I, Kylesmorar, Loch Nevis, Scotland.

A pair of porpoises in the narrows of Loch Nevis by Kylesknoydar

A pair of porpoises in the narrows of Loch Nevis by Kylesknoydart, Scotland.

Old Schoolhouse II, Kylesmorar, Loch Nevis, Scotland.

Old Schoolhouse II, Kylesmorar, Loch Nevis, Scotland.

Kylesknoydart, North Morar, Scotland.

Kylesknoydart, North Morar, Scotland.

Deer pen at Ardnamurach, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Deer pen at Ardnamurach, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardnamurach, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Ardnamurach, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Sgùrr na Cìche at the head of Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotlan

Sgùrr na Cìche at the head of Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Knoydart in evening light from the south side of Loch Nevis, Nor

Knoydart in evening light from the south side of Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Sgùrr na Cìche in Knoydart catches a few moments of golden lig

Sgùrr na Cìche in Knoydart catches a few moments of golden light before sunset, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Otters come to shore at sunset, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotlan

Otters come to shore at sunset, Loch Nevis, North Morar, Scotland.

Sourlies Bothy under the Milky Way, Knoydart, Scotland.

Sourlies Bothy under the Milky Way, Knoydart, Scotland.

Photo stop at Kylesmorar.

Photo stop at Kylesmorar.

Last few obstacles before the bothy.

Last few obstacles before the bothy.

Is that the bothy!?

Is that the bothy!?

Rough ground south of Loch Nevis
Steep ground south of Loch Nevis
Towards Sourlies Bothy at the head of Loch Nevis.
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12 thoughts on “Day 271: Ardintigh to Sourlies Bothy – Tom McClean & Moby Prince of Whales”

  1. kevan hubbard says:

    Amazing picture of the stars.I remember when I was on Arran about 10 years ago and it was jet black and full of stars but the Co-op in Brodick was doing it’s best to destroy that with completely unshielded globe lamps outside of the shop hopefully they might have gotten rid of the vile globe lamps by now but I wouldn’t put any money on it?I hope that I got the r right in Arran I think it’s 2 in the Scottish one and 1 in the little Irish archipelago in Galway Bay?

    • Yes there was zero light pollution and no moon, just beautiful. Arran is the Scottish Island and Aran are Irish Islands.

  2. Wow, now regretting that I didn’t go via Ardintigh, it looks an incredible place. Still I enjoyed your photos of it. I did go through Kylesmorar though, quite a little community there. I remember hopping over those grassy areas near the bothy. I saw loads and loads of deer there. I didn’t stay the night at the bothy but I did have a look in. I remember there was no shortage of pasta and rice!

    A bit further round but it sounds like the community have since been successful in buying The Old Forge at Inverie too, saw it on the BBC News website this week.

    • I’m often surprised by the food riches in bothies which have often supplemented what I’m carrying. I guess folks get tired of shlepping around food they dont need! Good new about the Old Forge, by chance I was in Inverie again last week.

  3. Ann Mackay says:

    Wonderful images! It must feel great to be able to get back to this. 🙂

  4. When I walked the coast of Scotland, that section between Tarbert and Sourlies was the toughest of all the 2500 miles.
    Spectacular photographs, thanks.

    • Hi Jimmy, yes it’s a tough one. I was exhausted by the end of the day, which was a log one, and I only covered 13km!! I think the north of Knoydart might have been harder for me as the terrain was similar and I had gale force hail into my face!

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