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Published: November 8th 2016
Another beautiful day so we set out in the morning to explore Castle Tioram & Loch Moidart. The tide wasn't quite out enought to let us reach the castle with dry feet so we decided to do the walk first. We set off along a narrow, rocky path along the edge of Loch Moidart with stunning views of the castle, loch and autumnal foliage. We also got a glimpse of a couple of otters on a rock, we continued quietly along the track to get a better view & them spotted more swimming over! We were then privileged enough to get a fabulous view of a family of otters interacting on the rocky islet below us! So magical!
We continued the walk along the loch past more breathtaking scenery before taking a small path up the side of Beinn Bhreac which was very, very soggy! Most of us got damp feet at some pint during the walk in spite of our best efforts to find the driest (or least squishy) way around. The way back down we cam via the beautiful Lochan na Fola & Bealach Sgairt Dea-uisge on a "delightful" path, which must have meant to gorge rather
tan the path itself which was wet & slippery.
On the way back down the road to the castle we saw a red squirrel run along an old stone wall completing our mammal wish-list for the holiday! We also came across a red deer stag lying quietly in the rushes near the road. Back at Castle Tioram the water had gone down enough for us to pop over to the island and have a closer look at the old building. It's a shame it 's not being taken better care of as it would make a beautiful dwelling or attraction if made safe opened to the public.
After collecting Mark from the cottage (his bad back meant he couldn't join us for most of the walks) we headed westwards as we wanted to watch the sun go down in the sea from the Point of Ardnamurchan. We decided we didn't have enough time to make it to Sanna Bay so headed straight to the lighthouse at the point. We had time to wander down to the sea front for a quick poke around in the rockpools! We then settled down on the rocks to watch the sun go
down and were amused when a chap turned up to turn on the lighthouse light Sadly the sun was setting behind an island (Coll I think) not into the sea but then the clouds built up so we missed the moment of sunset. We then made friends with a couple of locals who happened to be goats! We headed back to the Kilchoan hotel for a nice fish & chip supper (& a very tasty glass of whisky). On the way back we stopped off imn the mountains to admire the stars which were stunning, even in the freezing north wind!
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