This week’s walks

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

LOCHABER AND LORN RAM­BLERS

The walk leader is to be con­tacted be­fore hand for meet-up and start times. Car shar­ing usu­ally pos­si­ble and peo­ple can try be­fore they buy. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion at www. lochaberand­lorn-ram­blers.org.uk. Lochaber and Lorn Ram­blers Group can be con­tacted by email on [email protected] lochaberand­lorn-ram­blers.org.uk

Satur­day De­cem­ber 8: Ari­saig, Sca­madale and Beas­dale

A cir­cuit in the rugged hin­ter­land of Ari­saig, with coastal and hill scenery. All on paths or tracks, but some rough go­ing with boggy sec­tions. Op­tion to travel on the West High­land Line.

Start from the CP op­po­site the Post Of­fice in Ari­saig vil­lage, NM659864. Fol­low the B8008 NW then turn onto the mi­nor road along the shore for about 400m, un­til past the ceme­tery. Pass through a gate and fol­low the path up­hill to re­join the B8008. Fol­low it past the Ch and Sch, then fork NE on to a track that con­tin­ues beyond the A830 to Kin­loid Fm. Con­tinue NE on the track for 5Km, cross­ing the rail­way at the level cross­ing, past Su­nislet­ter to reach Sca­madale. Climb E on a path, curv­ing SE up through a conifer plan­ta­tion. It emerges onto the open hill­side and climbs more steeply, turn­ing S to reach a col at NM707885, 460m alt. From here, a di­ver­sion may be taken up NW, then N to the sum­mit of Carn a’ Mhadaidh-ru­aich, adding 0.8Km and 50m as­cent to the route. From the col, fol­low the path, de­scend­ing grad­u­ally S then SE, to cross the Bor­ro­dale Burn at NM712874. Stay on the path, which grad­u­ally de­scends SSW to reach the A830 near Bor­ro­dale Ho. Trans­port re­quired 5mins from start, or train from Beas­dale Stn (1.5Km E) at 1627 or 1837.

Grade: M; dis­tance: 14km; height to climb: 556m; map(s): LR40, EX398. Meet at Fort Wil­liam sta­tion for 8.30am dep to Ari­saig or Fort Wil­liam WM at 9am, for start of walk at 10am. Leader: Ian Moir 07973 836498.

Thurs­day De­cem­ber 13: Ard­sheal Hill and Cuil Bay, Duror

A short climb to the sum­mit of this small hill is well-re­warded with an ex­ten­sive panorama from the Isle of Mull to the Great Glen.

Start at the Duror VH, NN 002563, where am­ple park­ing is avail­able. Climb up the rough track be­hind the vil­lage hall. When the track bends NE to­wards the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions tower, con­tinue N on a faint path up to the sum­mit of Ard­sheal Hill, 263m. De­scend W, curv­ing SW down a long spur to reach the beach just E of Rubha Mor. Fol­low a faint path SE along the shore to­wards Cuil Bay to join a track, which leads to the pub­lic mi­nor road. Fol­low the road to its junc­tion with the A828 at Duror, then cross over to fol­low the cy­cle track back to the VH.

Grade: L; dis­tance: 11km; height to climb: 270m; map(s): LR41/49, EX376. Meet at Longs­dale car park, Oban, at 9.15am, or N Bal­lachul­ish School at 9.45am for start of walk at 10am. Leader: Gra­ham Innes 01631 562290 or 07767 714503.

NE­VIS HILL­WALK­ING CLUB

Full walk de­tails at www.nevishill­walk­ing.club. If any­one would like to go out on the walk please con­tact club sec­re­tary Suzanne Theobald on 01397 701783 or email en­[email protected]­walk­ing.club.

Sun­day De­cem­ber 9: Sron an Isean, Stob Daimh, Stob Garbh, Loch Awe

Start at the junc­tion of the A85 and the B8077 where park­ing is avail­able. Walk NE along the road for about half a km and turn left on to a good farm track (lead­ing to Cas­tles Farm). Turn left at the junc­tion to go NW climb­ing steadily. Con­tinue to the head of the glen and nearly to the end of the track. Leave the track and go NW to the col of Lairig Noe. Climb steeply to Sron an Isean and con­tinue to the sum­mit of Stob Di­amh on a fairly nar­row and steep ridge. Go south down the ridge and up to Stob Garbh. Then fol­low the broad ridge SE, then curv­ing ESE to the bridge over the Allt Coire Gh­lais to join a track lead­ing back to the start point.

(14km, 1150m as­cent) Sug­gested by John Bur­ton; co-or­di­nated by Suzanne Theobald.

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