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Discussion in 'Scotland/Alba' started by friedaweed, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Got a cottage in Clachtoll end of August. Been tying some classics for the hill lochs.

    Any must see spots and things to do Scurbzes?

    Will be parking my canoe here.


    Heading to Brora for the second week but I know that area ;)
  2. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Oh nice. I was up that way last year. I had a black pudding roll at the wee shack in Clachtoll.

    They were doing some work to create a viewing platform at the Clachtoll broch (to stop people walking on it.) It would be interesting to see how that looks now.

    There's some peat roads near Clachtoll. I walked up one and didn't see anybody. A guy in the same hostel as me was using them to go fishing up in the hills.

    I actually walked to Clachtoll from Achmelvich. There's a path that goes past an old mill and a quiet beach. I didn't see it but I believe there's a fish and chip van at Achmelvich on a Saturday night.

    There's also a walk from Achmelvich to Lochinver. You get a great view of the surrounding hills and it goes past the Highland stoneware factory, which is worth a visit. The pie shop in Lochinver is quite famous but I gave it a swerve due to the exorbitant prices :D

    All I did was walk to be honest, I'm not sure what else to tell you :thumbs:
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  3. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    Cheers mate. Can you get a vehicle up the peat roads do you think?
  4. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Used to work with a guy from Lochinver. He made giant mechanical chickens from old TV sets and junk.
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  5. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    I was up in that area a few weeks back - pretty amazing scenery just lying around everywhere. If you have a car or bike I recommend travelling the road from Lochinver to Drumrunie. Along the way is Stac Pollaidh, a classic but fairly easy climb.
  6. catinthehat

    catinthehat Failed VK = Replicant

    The Lochinver Pie shop is a wonder to behold. Robin Cook died there on a walk. It was the first place I ever saw a Romaesque (not sure of exact name) cabbage/cauliflower thing. The landscapes up near Cape Wrath are other worldly.
  7. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    tbh I thought the Lochinver pie shop was okay but overpriced. Get the pie with garnish, because if you get it with mash you pay about £6 extra for a spoonful of mash potato.
  8. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    I've gotta be honest pie shops will be far from my agenda. Hill lochs and fishing and some Canadian canoeing with Finn Larden are what this weeks about. We can't take the bikes this year on account of an extra person coming, plus taking the canoe, so we'll mainly be on foot and probably will pack a tent for a couple of overnighters, just me and the lad and the trangier stove.

    Saying that I'm sure our Narnia and her daughter will venture pie shop way :D
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  9. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    You could certainly get a vehicle up part of the way - doubt you could drive the whole thing though.
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  10. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    There's a great long distance walk from Lochinver to Inchnadamph. About 14 miles and goes past Suilven. I never made it the whole way though, it was raining so I decided to turn north at the bothy. Bad idea as the path deteriorated rapidly. I ended up belly-flopping on the moor and got a tick for my trouble :(
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  11. friedaweed

    friedaweed Sitting down for a wee

    What was the bothy like mate?
  12. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    I was looking forward to getting into the bothy to get out of the rain but I got attacked by midges once inside :D

    Other than the midges it looked good, 2 big rooms with sleeping platforms and fireplaces.
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