Walk: Oldshoremore foreshore

[Bagh a' Pollain - the middle of the three sandy bays visited on this walk]

The access road to Oldshoremore isn't promising: taking you past the decidedly functional fishing port at Kinlochbervie, litter and the shell of a burnt-out house lining the way on our visit. Luckily the coastline beyond soon reverts to the beauty you come to expect in the Northwest Highlands. Oldshoremore is just the start point for a trio of stunning, sandy beaches: each wilder and more remote than the last, and each separated by headlands fully exposed to the fury of the Atlantic Ocean on a stormy day. There are at least four car parks on the circuit. The one listed below is the quickest to reach by car, but setting off from Blairmore instead would split up the road walking - and it's also the launchpad for expeditions to Sandwood Bay.

[Highland Cows near Am Meallan beach at the start of the walk]

Name: Walk: Oldshoremore foreshore ★☆☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 170 metres
Points of interest: Oldshoremore headlands & bays
Start / finish: Car park near minor road end for Am Meallan beach, just west of Oldshoremore, G.R.: NC 203585 / fine huts butchers

Route: Car park - Am Meallan beach - Bagh a' Phollain (via coast) - Port Chaligaig (direct) - Bàgh Sheigra (via coast) - Sheigra - Blairmore - Oldshoremore - start.
Terrain: Sandy beaches with rough, intermittent path connecting them. Minor road return (or return by outward route).
Wildlife today: Lots of Highland cows on the road at the start, ponies and chickens by the road on the return, and a few ducks and seabirds.
Weather today: Often sunny but very windy with rough seas.

[Bàgh Sheigra is the final, and wildest, of the three sandy bays]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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