OS Map: 1:50,000 Landranger 40 Loch Shiel
Start Grid Reference: NM 742 836
Walk distance: 6.5 miles
Date walked: 27th May 2012
Time: 4.5 hours approximately with a long lunch
Route: Taken from Walks - Mallaig and Ardnamurchan (publ. Hallewell - www.pocketwalks.com) available from Amazon.
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At the end of May and the beginning of June, we spent a great week just outside Acharacle in a self catering lodge (www.mingarylodges.co.uk). It was a great place for wildlife - Pine Martens in the garden - but also a great location for walking. All the walks we did were taken from the same publication, this and the next few posts will describe some of them.
This walk was undertaken on a very hot day in May. It is not very long but with the weather conditions, it was more arduous than we thought it would be. The walk gives magnificent views over the Sound of Arisaig, Loch Nan Uamh and the islands beyond. Inland, there are views of and the walk goes by Loch Doir a' Ghearrian. The destination of the walk is Peanmeanach a deserted settlement by the sea.
After a period of walking through woods, the walk opens out to reveal a wonderful vista.
|View over Loch Nan Uamh|
|View over Loch Doir Ghearrain|
|Approach to Peanmeanach|
At the coast, there are ruins of the old Peanmeanach settlement and a bothey, which can be used as accommodation. It is also a great place for camping.
|Great place for camping|
Although it was very hot, this was a very enjoyable walk. I am not a fan of there and back walks, but to complete this one, I'm afraid you will have to retrace your steps back to the car. However the hardship is not great when you have repeat the experience of these wonderful views.