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Loch Fleet head west and cross over the man made structure called the mound, and the bridge across the river Fleet. In order to get onto the other shore, it’s necessary to go down to the car park at the bridge and then climb over the wall at the Toll house so that you can go under the bridge and scramble down onto the shore. The first part of the walk around the north shore of Loch Fleet is a bit muddy, but eventually there is a path that runs close to the shore line amongst the trees. Follow this path around the north side of Loch Fleet until you reach the minor road that leads south to Littleferry. From Littleferry follow the dunes north until Golspie is reached. From Golspie the path goes past the impressive Dunrobin castle, and all the way to Brora where the walk ends.
The first part of the walk was pleasant I set off along the south end of Loch Fleet. (See Photo Above) Loch Fleet itself is a nature reserve and has many species species of nesting birds, Im sure I saw at least two different kinds of birds, but Im sure there are many more. I saw lots of basking seals just offshore and I stopped for a while just to watch them and throw stones at the seal pups which was fun for a while. However I soon got fed up with that and carried on.
Loch Fleet was once a wide-open bay, embracing a sea loch that reached as far inland as Rogart. Southward-sweeping currents gradually dragged shingle across the loch entrance, and reduced the mouth to a narrow channel through which tidal currents race in and out twice every 24 hours.
These tides led the Vikings to name the loch ‘fljótr’, the Old Norse word for ‘flood (in Gaelic it is still known as Loch Fleòid). Each rising tide scatters fine particles from sea and river across the shallows, carrying food for small plants and animals that live there. Each ebb pulls back the covers from the loch bed, exposing rich pickings for other wildlife. The Loch’s north-western boundary represents a historic piece of civil engineering. The Mound Causeway was built by Thomas Telford in 1816 and has provided a secure foundation for a road crossing of the estuary ever since. Large sluice gates at its northern end allow salmon and sea trout to migrate past the Mound to and from spawning areas upriver. Once crossing the mound I crawled crab like under the road bridge and squelched around the north shore of the Loch until I reached the road that goes down to Little Ferry. As its name suggests, Little ferry contains a little ferry and a couple of houses, but not much else. I then headed east and started to go north along the sand dunes that led up to Golspie. Golspie is a pleasant enough small town and I stopped there at the van for a quick coffee and a blether with Karen while I waited for the rain to go off. Leaving Golspie, the next landmark on my route was the imposing Dunrobin castle which stood with its fairy turrets overlooking the sea. Just past the castle between Golspie and Brora is a broch. This broch occupies a terrace overlooking the shore, has walls that are still 12ft high in places, and comes complete with a well preserved entrance passage and lintelled doorway. Further on I saw the remains of an old post office van that belonged to Postman Pat who obviously had far too much too drink one night and abandoned his van on the beach. A couple of miles later I reached Brora which has a lovely harbour and a golf course that had a cow grazing on it when I arrived. Jings help ma boab!
Distance Covered: Walking: 16 miles