Walk: Gold star for The Silver Walk
|[The Silver Walk]|
On a sunny day after lots of dry weather, this circular ramble incorporating part of The Silver Walk is probably the most spectacular in Moidart. This mesmerising ribbon of Victorian engineering was originally constructed as a coastal estate path, threading an improbable route between the waters of Loch Moidart and sheer cliffs towering above it. The western half is probably the most dramatic, leading to a boggy inland return route which visits a couple of beautiful lochans nestling between low hills. At the start is Castle Tioram - it's difficult to imagine a more romantically located castle, cradled by the bay of Cùl Doirlinn.
|[The climb up from the shore away from The Silver Walk is boggy but with superb views over Loch Moidart]|
Name: Walk: Gold star for The Silver Walk ★★★★☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 270 metres
Points of interest: Castle Tioram; The Silver Walk; Lochan na Fola
Start / finish: Car park at minor road end, 3 miles north of Acharacle, G.R.: NM 664720 ///stun.revise.chum
Route: Car park - Castle Tioram - The Silver Walk along coast to path junction at G.R. NM 679724 - Lochan na Fola - Bealach Sgairt Dea-uisge - regain shore at G.R. NM 663714 - start
Terrain: Sandy causeway is submerged at high tide (though probably not for much longer than an hour or so), so keep an eye on the water level when visiting the island. The Silver Walk (coastal section) is clear although rough in places. Inland return path is boggy, particularly at first.
Wildlife today: Lots of butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers; caterpillars dangling from trees, lizard basking on a rock near Lochan na Fola, cuckoo heard.
Weather today: 20°C and sunny, though with cooling breeze especially for return route.
>> see separate post for Castle Tioram ★★★★☆
|[Descending back towards the start with distant views of the Small Isles]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)