Wednesday 20th June 2012

 

Start Point : Orbost Farm car park (NG 257 432)

                   

Distance : 11.0 miles (5.5 miles there and 5.5 miles back)    Height Ascended : 800 metres

 

Route Map

 

 

 

From the car park at Orbost Farm an unsurfaced track runs down to Loch

Bharcasaig where there is a good view across Loch Bracadale towards the Cuillins.

 

Looking up Glen Bharcasiag to Healadhal Bheag (Macleod's Table South).

 

From the head of Loch Bharcasaig the track runs through a forestry plantation of mature spruce and larch.

 

Young Willow Warbler (?).

 

In later life Joe Strummer, legendary leader of the punk band The Clash, developed a

keen interest in environmental issues and the importance of forest regeneration.

The forest here is planted in his memory…………………….

 

……………………………..it overlooks Loch Bracadale with extensive views across to the Cuillins and the Small Isles (Eigg and Rum etc).

 

Cliff top dweller…………….

 

………………….and another - a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.

 

Idrigill Point.

 

The main objective of this delightful coastal walk was to see the three sea stacks that are Macleod's Maidens.

 

In the far distance the Outer Hebrides.

 

Macleod's Maidens - the largest stack is said to be The Mother,

the other two her Daughters (one a dumpy pinnacle the other a thin rock blade).

 

Macleod’s Maidens and two of Malcolm’s Maidens – Hetty the mother and Marion her daughter.

 

A pair of Fulmars find a convenient ledge to roost / nest.

 

Thrift.

 

 

Looking northwest along the spectacular South Duirnish sea-cliffs.

 

Looking south over the grassy top of Idrigill Point towards Rum.

 

A distant view of the tops of the Trotternsh peninsula across Loch Bracadale.