Day 284: Achintraid to Uags Bothy – Ghosts of Ninian Central Oil Platform

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Ross-shire - West, Scotland
Date of walk: 8/4/19
 

Bealach na Bà from Ardarroch, Loch Kishorn, Scotland.

After the road ends, I carry on into the moorland and check the depth of a bog ahead of me with my trekking pole and am alarmed when it sinks without resistance down to my hand. It’s the confusing spring season where I need to swop between a sunhat and two layers of insulation within minutes. Later I bathe in a stream, but despite the golden light, I can only manage a momentary dunking in the frigid water. Night falls, and I take a bearing to Uags bothy a few miles distant, it corresponds to the position of the crescent moon which acts and my signpost for the rest of the night.

Ogee, Tornapress, Scotland.


Bealach na Bà, Loch Kishorn, Scotland.


Tornapress I, Scotland.


Tornapress II, Scotland.


Tornapress III, Scotland.


Fence post by Loch Carron, Scotland.


Loch Kishorn, Scotland.


Insulator, by Loch Kishorn, Scotland.


Kishorn Yard dry dock, Scotland.


Deer Fence above Loch Kishorn yard.


A silent Kishorn Yard dry dock built to construct the gigantic Ninian Central Platform in the 1970s, Scotland.


Catching the light by Loch Kishorn, Scotland.


Fish farm, Loch Carron, Scotland.


By Loch Carron I, Scotland.


Skye and the shore of Loch Carron, Scotland.


By Loch Carron II, Scotland.


Stile by Loch Carron on the way to Uags Bothy, Scotland.


Skye Bridge from Loch Carron, Scotland.


April by Loch Carron, Scotland.


Nature’s Bonsai, Loch Carron, Scotland.

Extraordinary photo by Chris Hamilton/ AM baile from the 1970’s of Ninian Central Platform looking like the Tower of Babel in the 150-metre diameter dry dock by Loch Kishorn. At the time there were over 3,000 people working at the yard.


Ninian Central Platform in the 1970s, photo by Chris Hamilton/ AM baile.


Ninian Central Platform in the 1970s, photo by Chris Hamilton/ AM baile.


Ninian Central Platform in the 1970s, photo by Chris Hamilton/ AM baile.


Ninian Central Platform in the 1970s, photo by Chris Hamilton/ AM baile.


Ninian Central Platform in the 1970s, photo by Chris Hamilton/ AM baile.


Ninian Central Platform in the 1970s, photo by Chris Hamilton/ AM baile.


It might be April but the sun had the heat and strength of high summer today.


Walking towards Skye and Uags Bothy guided by the moon.


Is that the bothy?


Here’s the bothy! Guided by the moon all the way to the front door.


Water Collection.


A proper bedframe and wood panelling in Uags – five star by luxury by bothy standards.


I spent the eveing a few inches from the hearth.

Had a refreshing wash in this burn.
The perimeter fence around Kishorn Yard dry dock.
The barnacle clad shoreline by Loch Kishorn.
A good stile like this is a rare luxury for crossing the deer fences.
Walking towards Skye and Uags Bothy at dusk and looking back to Loch Kishorn.
Difficult ground to cover at night towards Uags.
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2 thoughts on “Day 284: Achintraid to Uags Bothy – Ghosts of Ninian Central Oil Platform”

  1. Ah yes I went broadly the same way, making my own way from the Applecross pass to Uags and Toscaig. It was very tough but worth doing. I don’t think I got as close to the dock at Kishorn as you did, however. It didn’t help that the path marked on the map from Airigh-drishaig didn’t seem to exist in reality. I wondered if one of the buildings at Airigh-drishaig was also a bothy? It had a sign but it was too faded to be readable.

    • Yes Airigh-drishaig – Uags path wasn’t there at all which is partly why it was so late by the time I got to Uags ad I thought that section would be faster! I had a poke around at Airigh-drishaig and the buildings looked either ruined or locked.

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