250. Ruabha Reidh to Poolewe

I was pleased that today I would finally have some off-road walking to do and that I would not be cycling or pushing my bike! To enable to happen I had to first drive and park my car  at Poolewe and then catch the o8:05 Westerbus back to Gairloch. Bob (the guy running the AirBnB) had offered to assist me in completing the section to Poolewe by waiting for the bus to arrive and then giving me a lift out to Rubha Reidh. I had already ruled out doing the whole of this peninsula in one go because of the available daylight hours.  I set off from the visitor car park at Rubha Reidh, walking eastwards, not wishing to lose too much height as I headed for a footpath that ran along the cliff-tops.

After meeting up with the footpath, I could to see the amazing coastline features this part of the peninsula had to offer. What was also amazing was the early morning views north into Assynt. Although I had views of Assynt from northern Skye, I was now able to easily identify the iconic mountains of Sutherland and the Fisherfield Forest. The early morning light gave them all an amber glow that defined their colour and relief. The footpath hugged the cliff top and required care in certain places. The northern part of the peninsula I was on had high moorland to the west and a low-lying  side to the east, full of small lochs. I began to lose height above Camas Mor, an isolated sandy beach that is quite popular and a major reason walkers make the trek out here.

As I arrived at the old ruins of Camustrolvaig, I found Ivor’s bothy, set into the hillside and not easy to see from the approach I made.  I don’t think the bothy is part of the MBA and you can probably see why. To be honest it looks like it might fall down at any minute. The bothy has just a single room and seems to have a tarp for a roof. Although very dark inside, it looked very cosy and dry.

Early morning at Rubha Reidh looking north to Assynt
The coastline of Creag Camas an Fhraoich
Looking eastwards from above Camas Mor
Ivors Bothy

I  now headed for the settlement of Cove on the far side of the peninsula on the shores of Loch Ewe. I knew once I got down onto the low-lying area it would be much more difficult navigate, so I headed for a Loch I identified on the map and would continue from there. For such a low-lying and boggy area the underfoot conditions were not bad and I was able to hop between outcrops of  slightly firmer higher ground. I navigated between the small lochans and crossed over the Allt Glac nan Cuille. Shortly after, while walking over boggy terrain, I went ar$e over tip as my left boot went into a pothole. I was ok, just landing in grass and getting a muddy knee! Soon afterwards I arrived at the strung-out settlement of Cove above Loch Ewe.

Heading eastwards

Loch Ewe has some fantastic history, particularly what happened there during the Second World War. Arctic Naval convoys gathered in Loch Ewe before setting off on the treacherous journey to Russia. Reminders of this piece of history are still present around the Loch . The road walk down to Poolewe was quite uneventful but offered some beautiful views into the Fisherfield Forest with dramatic views of Beinn Airigh Charr, Beinn Lair, Beinn a’Chaisgein Mor and A’Mhaighdean. After passing through the hamlets of Cove, Inverasdale, Midtown and Naast I arrived back at the village of Poolewe.

Looking back at the settlement of Cove
Looking north up Loch Ewe with the morning Cal Mac ferry off from Ullapool to Stornoway
Looking towards Poolewe over Loch Ewe with A’Mhaighdean(l) and Beinn Airigh Char(r)
Zoomed shot looking towards Poolewe with Beinn Airigh Charr in the background
Beautiful bark on a Eucalyptus tree near Naast
Looking back up Loch Ewe from Poolewe

NB: I also publish all my Scottish Blog entries on the excellent Scottish Hills website, I use the same narrative, but larger photos and a few extra ones. They can be found here:

http://www.scottishhills.com/html/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=24435

Distance today =  14 miles
Total distance = 4,499 miles

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “250. Ruabha Reidh to Poolewe”

  1. Looks beautiful and glad to know that wonderful beach is accessible. Useful information about the footpath from Rubha Reidh eastwards as it is not marked on the map, I hope to tackle this section of the coast next year. According to the OS map one of the settlements on the east side of the peninsula (just north of

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  2. Looks like a lovely walk with those beautiful views. Glad to know that lovely sandy beach is accessible, I hope it will make a nice lunch stop when I get that far! Also good to know about the footpath east from Rubha Reidh as it’s not marked on the map (as is often the case). I’m amused to see on the map one of the hamlets (just north of Inverasdale) is called Coast, at least according to the OS map.

    I hope you have a good Christmas and look forward to hearing about more of your walks next year.

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    1. Hi Jon, from the lighthouse a path is signed as 3km to Camas Mor, after Camas Mor you will have to find your own way, but its not that bad. Further up the road, just past Laide are two hamlets called First Coast and Second Coast! One story is that this came from confusion in the OS when they first mapped the area.
      BTW I had another look at the flight situation and the numbers don’t add up for me. I’m glad I found AirBnB though as it seems I can get reasonable accommodation through this site over the Winter. Short walking days though.
      Have a merry Christmas. Cheers Alan

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