I walk to the end of the road, and go down to the pier where, according to my map, you can take a boat trip. Another station in the middle of nowhere. Not exactly the tropical coconut palms I was expecting, but New Zealand cabbage palms (I look up this fact later on Wikipedia). I love it and hoped you’d include a picture of that. I’m drawing closer to the village now. I set off across a field, which gets progressively muddier and turns into a bog. Wow palm trees in the highlands. It means close the gate. Not exactly busy (there are sheep meandering along the tarmac) and with great views. 7. It’s only been a short walk today, after several successive days of short walks, so I’m not sure why I found the last couple of miles so tiring. 01851 702240 01851 702240 Lady Lever Park, Lews Castle Grounds, Isle Of Lewis, HS20XP. I suspect Paul is “onto something” as I have also had “lead legs days” when the physical fitness was theoretically there to easily manage the planned walk, but it just doesn’t happen. One of the cows started to run towards me. “Fear Cod”. Crazy things. “Stromeferry (No Ferry)”. I wonder what it’s carrying? It was quite good right around the coast either along the edge of the field just behind or over the back of a couple of beaches. Silly me! But the road to Portneora is a dead-end. Duirinish now has a cafe in that large barn the children in your photo are cyclying towards (it’s called the Croft Cafe and it was even open). Feeling a little disgruntled that my camping spot is being invaded, I studiously ignore the intruder. https://www.duncraigcastle.co.uk, 14th July was a beautiful day, which we spent in Applecross. At the top of the hill is a coach park, with a motley collection of buses of various sizes. The little creature is obviously aware of my presence and begins floundering about. A nonprofit community protecting trails. It’s a wild area of woodland, with fallen trees and growths of different ages. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure! I’m using the train tomorrow, and don’t need an electric hookup tonight, as I don’t have to charge my Scooty bike. And I must also “Work hard; be honest.” Maybe it was some sort of workhouse? Local golf courses clubs in plockton-ross-shire. Onwards along the drive, which climbs higher and, through gaps in the trees, I can look down over the loch and Plockton. This always makes me worry. Didn’t the village sign have the wrong spelling? It is nice to be able to take the train for this walk. I’m not sure. I walk past a little café, and turn into the main village street. I’ve noticed in Scotland that the spelling of place names can be rather fluid! Now I’m walking through an area of woodland, along a muddy path lined with ferns. The tide has come in and patches of sunshine are lighting up the distant hills. I waited 5 minutes and it didn’t pass. Luckily, there is only half a mile to go before I reach the turn off to Strome Ferry. A bit like me, really. I walk up the hill, passing a sign to an “Open Air Church”. What a sensible sign. Ah. Glad you enjoyed Plockton, Jon. Later I extended this (unsponsored) to Dover, including Lydd and Hythe ranges on non-firing days, and I hope to continue to Margate and maybe London this year. I’m sorry to be leaving my lovely camping site, and I stand and admire the view for a few more minutes, before perching the camera on the nearby bench to take a self portrait. You can read about the history of Stromeferry, and the riots at the station, on the Undiscovered Scotland site. And, yes, the train line is very convenient here. Great photos. Onwards, to the end of the road, where it joins the busy A890. I did meet Maisie the dog too (the sign is still there) but she didn’t follow me. I decided to continue to Plockton anyway and used the “help point” at the station and was told that it was indeed cancelled and there was no replacement bus or taxi due to “poor road conditions” and I’d have to make my own way back. In some cases the stations were built as part of the condition of building the line when the landowners sold the land to the rail company to build the lines in the first place and put in a condition that a station must be provided for their use. This was the day we arrived in Dornie and, as I’ve said before, I kept an eye open for you all week. Anyway, it’s very attractive, with rows of traditional cottages and a little stream that runs through the heart of it. My window looked out over the island with fir trees, and I didn’t realise that Plockton was so close, just hidden from view around the corner. It looks lovely up there. Very frustrating how unreliable public transport is in North Scotland I hoped the train might prove more reliable than buses but sadly not. Some days I would feel ok, go to training but end up collapsing during training, then the next day come down with a cold. I’ve always thought that when I get too old and doddery to walk, I might travel around the UK by train, going along all the branch lines and visiting remote stations. Plockton station is about a mile inland. Portreath to Hayle. Everybody says the east coast will seem a doddle after northwest Scotland. Yes, there really is a llama on the lawn. The spaniel reminds me of my daughter’s crazy spaniel, Lottie. Unlikely to be stupid! A dog comes bounding out of a door, barking ferociously, and is called back by someone inside. It looked like perfect conditions for this walk (well other than the tide perhaps). Hi Claudio. Total around coast = 4,340 miles. He is Spanish, a professional photographer, and is spending a year travelling the world in his van. That is often a reason you’ll find a station in the middle of nowhere! Attractions near Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk: (2.13 mi) Plockton Seal Trips (2.15 mi) Plockton Harbour (3.04 mi) Kyle Line (Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh) (2.07 mi) Sea … I’ve never tasted it, but I love whisky, so perhaps I’ll love it. . Duirinish station is still operating as a station, although the station-master’s cottage seems now to be a private house. I wonder how many people use that platform? Hi Ruth. When I got back to Kyle of Lochalsh the train is still here in the platform and the first train tomorrow is also cancelled so I suspect indeed there might be a problem with the track. So I had no choice but to walk all the way back again! Although it’s disappointing to be, yet again, inland of the coast, I really enjoy this forest walk. 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