North Kessock to Fortrose. 15 Miles


Inverness to John O' Groats - Scottish Coast Guide for walkers

Inverness to John O' Groats - Scottish Coast Guide for walkers

This is a bit of a tricky walk and I brought my gps along and used it for the first time to check a position. To start, walk under the Kessock bridge and head east towards the village of Kilmuir. Follow the road to the end and continue past the graveyard at the end of the village. The aim now is to head uphill and find the path that leads through the woods to Taindore. I was told that it was difficult to go around the point at Craigiehowe because the way was tidal. After you reach the house at Taindore, follow the path around to Craigiehowe Mains which will lead you around the southern end of Munlochy Bay, and then onto Munlochy itself. From Munlochy follow the main road and then cut over to Ord Hill where the path leads around through the forest to Ormond Castle. From there you drop down into Avoch. The final part of the journey to Fortrose should really follow the disused railway track above the main road as there is nothing but a sea wall that separates the road from the sea and it can be dangerous.

 


Not a bad walk, certainly better than yesterday anyway. Munlochy and Avoch are quite nice places with lovely sea views, but the best part of the day came right at the end when the walk was almost finished. At Fortrose, I needed to go to the toilet and so Audrey and I popped into a local hotel called Anderson’s. The proprietor was an American and told us that his bar stocked over 160 different Belgian beers and about the same number of malt whiskies. So I thought that least we could do to show appreciation for him letting me use his facilities was to attempt to try all the beers. It hadnt started that way of course. I decided that I would taste one half pint of draught Belgian beer instead of a coffee and seven hours later we were doing the can-can and telling everyone that they were our best mates. Ever. And that we loved them. Actually, it was very civilised and the pub is obviously a Mecca for those who love outlandish ales. I managed to have a wee taste at quite a few, including one made from thistles that tasted as if it had been made with thistles. The company was good too – a real mix of locals and visitors with interesting stories to tell. So if any of you read this you can sign my guest book! (See the photo of the bar in more photos section)

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