A Walk from Ballachulish to Duror.
Yesterday I decided to take a long walk, over from Ballachulish to where we were camping near Duror. It was a magnificent day and here are some photos from my trip.
The journey started in Ballachulish. This small town has become well known for the slate which was quarried here from the late 1600s onwards and used in the expansive building in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The walk begins by crossing the River Laroch.
Soon the path rises up through Gleann an Fhiodh and begins to leave the village behind. The large mass of Beinn a’ Bheithir and the Laroch river keep you company on either side as you make your way through the glen.
After several miles of glorious solo trekking over the moor the head of the pass is reached and a small cairn marks the spot. Looking back from the cairn the distinctive Pap of Glencoe can be seen.
After a few more miles the path Enters Glen Duror and is swallowed up by the large area of forestry land. One last look back along the stunning valley and off into the woods!
Walking through pine forest paths like this was a bit of an anticlimax after the stunning scenery of the last few hours. With dense pine wood on either side of a wide and quite industrial scale logging track and the distant sound of chainsaws in the woods I no longer felt alone in a wilderness, Those areas have their own beauty though and you do tend to concentrate on small details; a puddle overflowing with tadpoles or some unusual lichen. Finally through a gap in the trees I could see the hills of Ardgour in the distance.
After what seemed like an age the warren of forest paths ends and I emerge at the top of the village of Duror. Roughly 10 miles later and with my feet complaining a little its time for a rest and a well earned beer!Tagged