THIS WEEK’S WALKS
The walk leader is to be contacted beforehand for meet up and start times. Car sharing usually possible and you can try before you buy. You can walk three times with the club before joining. Further information at www.lochaberandlorn-ramblers.org.uk.
Today (Thursday July 6) A scenic ferry crossing to the historic island of Lismore. This route takes in the Tirefour Broch iron age fort, c1 AD, with traces of later Roman occupation, a heritage museum, old lime kilns and quay.
Start from ferry slip at Achnacroish, NM852409. Take the path NE along front of row of cottages and continue past monument to Balnagown. Just beyond, cross a small stream by bridge and pass through three iron gates across fields to open land, then follow coast on a faint path to Tirefour Castle. Return to the pasture just north of Balnagown by same route.
Continue along minor road N to meet main road by Whin House.
Turn SW to the heritage museum and cafe nearby at NM855428. Continue SW along main road past the post office, take track on right at NM846418 and follow it over the ridge to a quay and disused quarry on the W side of the island. Continue along the track SW past Salen to reach the public road at NM829407.
Turn left, and follow the public roads E back to Achnacroish. Ferry dep for Oban at 1500 and 1815.
This is a leisurely walk of 11Km, with a climb of 150m.
Meet at North Ballachulish School NN053603 at 7.40am, Oban Ferry Terminal NM855298 for 9am sailing. The leader is Ann Jones. Call her on 07770 434114. Saturday July 8 Blabheinn by Coire Uaigneich – Torrin, Skye Munro. A splendid day out on an iconic hill. Views of the famous Black Cuillin Ridge and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Rugged terrain and some easy scrambling.
Start from the car park at NG560215 and follow the path on the N side of Allt na Dunaiche.
Cross this burn at NG544216 and its tributary 300m further W. Continue up SW more steeply, into Coire Uaigneich, around the foot of the E ridge of the hill.
At a grassy alpage, altitude about 450m, NG5360721266, the route turns N and zig-zags up the S flank of the E ridge. At 600m, the grass gives way to rock and scree and the route continues up the edge of the ridge, with spectacular views into corries to the N and towards Garbh-bhein and Clach Glas.
It becomes less steep before a narrower section with some minor scrambling leading to the main summit, 928m.
Traverse SW across a high col, and scramble up the ridge to reach the S summit, 926m.
Descend SW down the long ridge, over the small summit at 617m, and continue down to a cairn at NG5221419993.
Turn SE and descend steeply on the footpath that crosses the Abhainn nan Leac at NG522193.
Follow it S to join the Camasunary track, forking left and climbing about 80m SSE to Am Màm.
Continue on the track SE to finish at the car park on the B8083, NG545171.
Transport required, 10mins from start. There are options to take an evening meal before or during the journey home.
This is a strenuous walk of 12Km, with a climb of 1,010m.
Meet at Fort William Woollen Mill NN112742 at 7.40am, start of walk at 10am. The leader is Andrew Gilbert. Call him on 07808 924722.