Walking in and Around Port Appin
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Clach Thoull - Port Appin - An easy half hour
This gentle stroll takes you around the headland of the Appin peninsula beginning at the gateway opposite the hotel car park entrance. The views down the Firth of Lorne and across to Lismore are wonderful. The track, which is good, takes you past several interesting bits of rock architecture : cliffs, caves and the sea-arch from which the walk takes its name "the rock with a hole". Seals are often seen swimming off the point at Appin rocks and you may be fortunate to see the family of otters. The end of this walk brings you out at Port Appin pier and if you continue along the road you will return to the Hotel.
Loch Laich – Port Appin – 1 hour plus
Opposite the village shop, take the track between two houses and either cross the bay, it is firm ground, or follow the fence line (according to the state of the tide), and continue northwards around the bay to Loch Laich where Castle Stalker can be clearly seen. Continue outside the fence line until the road is reached, turn right and return to the hotel.
Castle Coeffin - Lismore - 2 hours 30 minutes
Take one of the regular ferry crossings to Lismore, the crossing is around 10 minutes. Once you have landed on Lismore follow the only road, and after half a mile you will pass a slip road leading off to the right to Port Ramsey. Ignore this and carry on south along the shore. You will see many wild flowers and some non-hardy flowers in the gardens you pass, evidence of the mild climate the Lismore residents enjoy. The road will lead up onto open fields where St. Moluag's stone sits. He apparently rested here during his daily constitutional. Further along the road you will reach the church which is worth a quick visit to see the small bell-tower and the stained glass window of St Moluag, A few yards past the church take the farm track across the island to the edge of a sharp little cliff. Be careful at this point and follow the track at the southern end of the scarp. Coeffin Castle should now come into view. The path slants down to a muddy valley and then onto the castle. Inside the castle walls there is a short grass area perfect for picnics. On your return journey retrace your steps to the ferry point. Do keep in mind the return ferry times to avoid a long wait.
Drive and Walk
Sutherlands Grove, Barcaldine – 10 minute drive, 1 or 2 hours walking
Driving towards Oban, two miles after crossing the new bridge over Loch Creran, Sutherlands Grove is signposted on the left, in the carpark is a direction board showing three separate walks. As you leave the car park and enter the woods the lower waterfalls are a good place to see Dippers. Very interesting walk up the side of and crossing over a lovely waterfall. Crossbills can be seen in this area.
James of the Glen's Birthplace - Duror – 15 minute drive, 1 hour 30 minutes walking
James of the Glen was born in Glen Duror in the 18th Century and would have led a life of obscurity if he had not had the misfortune to be hung for the murder of a tax collector in Appin, made famous by Robert Louis Stevensons' story " Kidnapped ". This walk leads to the small bothy where James of the Glen was born. In the village of Duror a little way north of the local shop you will see a side road running east and signposted to "Auchindarroch". Take this road which passes a caravan park eventually reaching a gate and small carpark. Forestry paths lead from this point and the route to the bothy is marked by a post bearing the symbol "JG".
The Lochan, Glencoe – 25 minute drive, 1-2 hours walking
Take the road north to Ballachulish and on towards Glencoe. Opposite the Glencoe Hotel take the turning left and immediately right into Glencoe Village, continue on and after going over a small bridge take the turning left into a narrow road signposted Hospital, take the right fork into the Forestry car park. There is a sign board explaining three separate walks, all easy going, with good viewpoints of the mountains and over Loch Leven .
Beinn Lora – Benderloch – 20 minute drive, 1 hour, 2 hours or longer walking
Take the road south 12 miles to Benderloch, and start from the Forestry car park immediately after the shop and petrol station. Two separate routes are clearly marked, the lower circular route is easy going through pine and conifers and across a beech glade to a spectacular viewpoint high above Ardmucknish Bay looking south and westwards, take the left hand track to return to the village. The right hand track leads upwards quite steeply in places to the southern limit of the Forestry fence, after about half way a short detour to “Eagles Eyrie” is rewarded by another breathtaking viewpoint, this time looking west and northwards. At the Forestry fence a stile provides access to the open hillside, there is no definite track to the summit where there are magnificent views in all directions - careful observation will find our own Clach Thoull at Port Appin! Do not venture over the escarpment but return by the same route to the car park.
Inchree Waterfalls – Onich – 25 minute drive, 2 hours walking
Drive north towards Fort William, go through Onich, Inchree is signposted on your right BEFORE reaching Corran Ferry. Follow the single track road to the end carpark. There are two woodland walks, and a spectacular walk with viewpoints up the side of a magnificent waterfall, or a circular walk can be undertaken by going up one of the woodland walks and returning down the side of the waterfalls.
The Nevis Gorge - Fort William – 45 minute drive, 3 to 4 hours walking
Past Fort William follow signs to Glen Nevis and drive as far as you can up this road. Past the youth hostel the Glen becomes more wild and crosses the river where a scenic waterfall tumbles. The road becomes single track and very twisty and at the end there is a car park. The path is well marked and carries on where the road leaves off. Notice boards warn of the danger present but the narrowest and steepest places have hand rails to steady you. The climb is fairly steep and the gorge on the right is very deep and spectacular. You will come out onto one of the great "through passes" of Scotland which links up with a network of droving roads. Beyond the first area of flat grass the river is spanned by a rope-wire bridge which leads to a small hut called "Steall Bothy" the bridge is harder to cross than it looks and the wire hand rails are quite high. You can carry on walking up the glen which now is quite spacious and explore some of the pools and waterfalls. Retrace your steps to return to the car park.