Day 283: Strathcarron to Achintraid – to Loch Kishorn

Ross-shire - West, Scotland

Date of walk: 7/4/19

From Strome Castle, Loch Carron, Scotland.

Trust in the LORD, Lochcarron, Scotland.

Oblique. Loch Carron, Scotland.

Strome Castle, Loch Carron, Scotland.

Last light over Bealach na Bà and Loch Kishorn, Achintraid.

Dusk over Bealach na Bà, Scotland.

Achintraid, Loch Kishorn, Scotland.


I’ll be disappointed if those aren’t golden showers.

More deer fence mazes.

Joining the North Coast 500 tourist trail.

Time to retire my homemade spoon that has fed me since Ardnamurchan.

I bought a replacement spoon in orange so I wouldn’t misplace it so easily on grey rocks. I didn’t really think this through!

Each month I write a column in Digital Camera magazine with a single image based on a section a few weeks behind my current location.

Another load of food packages to send ahead. Pablo Escobar would be proud.

Ouch, train tickets home (Kyle of Lochalsh to Cheltenham) are getting painfully expensive so I’m starting to increase the section length from two weeks to two months.

Camp overlooking Bealach na Bà, Achintraid.

Looks a bit boggy so better check the depth…..ah!

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11 thoughts on “Day 283: Strathcarron to Achintraid – to Loch Kishorn”

  1. kevan hubbard says:

    Have any of Pablo Escobar’s hippopotamus 🦛 made it to Scotland?You could do without one of those large creatures sorting around your tent at night! Pretty fearless creatures although I once saw an elephant 🐘 run at a a hippo in South Africa and the Hippo didn’t hang around!That is very pricey from Kyle of Lochalsh to Cheltenham long as well, guessing Kyle Inverness Edinburgh or Glasgow Birmingham Cheltenham?You can probably do it in one day, just?If the countries of this island had a decent network of overnight sleeping trains, rather than just the bare bones London centric one’s we have now, it’d be easier.The fact that we have overnight buses,or did circa 2020 when I got if form Oxford to Newcastle part of the Bournemouth to Glasgow via Oxford, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh run, would suggest some kind of market exists still for overnight travel.I’ve done it twice this year on overnight buses as there are no trains overnight;Hartlepool Milton Keynes and London Billingham.

    • They’ve grown hair due to the cold and become haggis. Yes when i did some volunteer work in Uganda we were told to fear hippos due to the surprising speed they move as you say. I used to take the Caledonian sleeper regularly when I lived in London 20 years ago – pricing seems less appealing now. When i was a student I took those sleeper coaches – not much sleeping gets done!

      • kevan hubbard says:

        No it’s hard to sleep on overnight buses but they did trial a London Glasgow one with actual beds a few years ago and extended it to Edinburgh and Inverness however it wasn’t a success.I think that it was Mega Bus who did it.I got it once to Glasgow.Done one in Guatemala too; Guatemala City to St Elena which was ok,sort of business class seats that became beds.The sit up overnight buses aren’t very good for sleeping.There use to be an internal Scottish sleeping train Edinburgh/Glasgow (joined up at Perth) to Inverness which stopped about 1988.I think that the only overnight long public transport in Scotland now is the ferry from Lerwick to Aberdeen,12hrs.,via Kirkwall or 10 direct.The only ship I’ve been sea sick on!

      • I wonder what went wrong with that. That arrangement works well in Asia. Probably a lack of courtesy or thinking it’s a party bus over here!

      • kevan hubbard says:

        I only did it once; London to Glasgow and no parties!I think that it was the amount of passengers, lying down, the bus could carry vs the amount of money they where willing to pay?I think it was about £40 when I did it leaving London at 23hr and ETA Glasgow 0645.The good news from France is SNCF are reinstating a number of sleeping trains but here I don’t know as the railways seem to enjoy shooting themselves in the foot as I pointed out when they let them lay a temporary road on the rail track something that wouldn’t be reciprocated by the motorist or road builders! They are often on about an overnight train from Inverness to Thurso/Wick but I don’t think that there’s enough use for the expense?

      • That makes sense, I can see it can’t work if it’s more expensive. I want to take that ferry one day!

      • kevan hubbard says:

        You can get from the Sheltlands on another ferry to Torshaven in the Faroe Islands which are beautiful waterfalls everywhere but very windy and onwards to Iceland.I don’t think that there’s a public ferry from Iceland to Greenland which is a shame as I’ve worked out it’s possible to get from New Guinea to Iceland using;buses,trains,ferries and foot….no planes! Sadly there’s no way to get from Australia to New Guinea by ferry so it’s a bit like the Iceland/Greenland situation except warmer! Here’s the plan;up through Indonesia using a mixture of buses, ferries and trains,ferry to Singapore then trains all the way to Aberdeen!Ferry to Lerwick and Torshaven and another to Seydisfjordur and bus to Reykjavik.What a trip!

      • Wow, that would be brilliant. It’s a good time for dreaming now it’s the only viable option!

  2. When I walked this bit there were sheep in Strome Castle. I watched them climb the steps intended for pedestrians to reach the road. I didn’t know sheep could use steps!

    Interesting to see you contribute to that camera magazine. I used to subscribe to Digital SLR Photography Magazine but it closed down probably close to a year ago now and I haven’t bothered to take out a subscription to a different magazine. Perhaps I’ll give that one a look.

    That train fare is crazy expensive!

    • I didn’t either! Digital Camera is the market leader in that sector, it’s a good magazine when you are learning, I wrote a column there from 2016-2021. That fare made me wince; still does thinking about it!

  3. Richard Webb says:

    In 1984 I got an Achmasheen to Ludlow for £8.40

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