Weather: Sunny at first, clouding over. There was drizzle as soon as we got back to the car. The cold wind persists, as does the volcanic ash apparently though we have seen no sign of it.
Location: Torridon to Shieldaig.
Distance: 8 miles.
Total distance: 2215 miles.
Terrain: Road – hard-packed track – road. Slightly undulating. Easy walking, what a relief!
Rivers: No.239, River Torridon. No.240, Allt Coire Roill. No. 241, River Balgy.
Kissing gates: None.
Pubs: Torridon Inn where Colin drank An Teallach ‘Crofter’s Pale Ale’ and Cairngorm ‘Howler’. I had a shandy again as I find it more refreshing.
‘Historic Scotland’ properties: None.
Ferris wheels: None.
How we got there and back: We were staying in our caravan in Applecross, and we had hired a small car locally so we had two. Yesterday we left the hire car in Shieldaig. Today we drove to Shieldaig in our own car, then switched cars and drove the hire car on to Torridon.
At the end, we came to our own car in Shieldaig. We had tea and caramel shortcake, then we drove to Torridon to pick up the hire car. From there we drove both cars back to our caravan in Applecross.
The main road bypasses Shieldaig, but we walked into it. We passed an upturned boat, then we passed what we had thought was a caravan site since it is marked on the map as such. It would have been a much more convenient place to base ourselves for several Walks. But it turned out to be just a piece of land where caravans are tolerated — no electric hookups, no toilets or showers, no nothing, in fact. That is why we’re staying in Applecross. We turned down the steep bit of hill to the waterfront where our car was parked. It started to drizzle just as we reached it, so we timed that well.
That ended Walk no.240, we shall pick up Walk no.241 next at on the waterfront in Shieldaig. It was a quarter to five, so the Walk had taken five hours and twenty-five minutes. We had tea and caramel shortcake, then we drove to Torridon to pick up the hire car. From there we drove both cars back to our caravan in Applecross.
All the UK and northern European airports are closed still because of the volcanic ash drifting over from Iceland, which is getting worse. Thousands of people are stranded abroad, and thousands more have had to cancel their plans to go abroad. The airlines are losing billions!