One other passenger arrives before the train pulls in. I walk down the road to find the footpath sign I spotted yesterday. There are plenty of empty fields around, but…. For me it is my favourite place in Scotland even though it has no shops or pubs or anything – when I was there the cafe wasn’t even there. “Stromeferry (No Ferry)”. Fish? So people live here? To where? Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk: superb easy walk with great access - See 10 traveller reviews, 19 candid photos, and great deals for Drumbuie, UK, at Tripadvisor. Crazy things. Hope you have a lovely walk this weekend. I wake up to scattered clouds and a blue sky, and a wonderful view from my campervan looking down over Loch Carron. Photos and time to visit (£7) Plockton A railway line runs from Inverness to Kyle, and follows the shoreline for the last few miles of its journey. I keep hoping to find a path to take me along the shore, but there doesn’t seem to be one, so I simply walk around the square and rejoin the main road. Past a Masonic Lodge, a converted chapel and a Red Cross Centre. As always your photos make we want to go back to these remote places. It’s the end of the line. Looks like the stable block, now converted into flats. So I had no choice but to walk all the way back again! I was very pleased to find that footpath from Duncraig to Plockton, squeezed between the railway and the coast it was very nice. Silly me! What a lovely write up and beautiful photographs. Tomorrow will be a longer day. Plockton station is about a mile inland. A nice walk with some very lovely views. Local golf courses clubs in plockton-ross-shire. ( Log Out /  But, now, it’s time to drive on to Lochcarron, where I’m booked into a campsite for the night. Plockton is gorgeous. But I’m continuing straight on – to Plockton. Now I’m walking through an area of woodland, along a muddy path lined with ferns. Painted black, and without features, they look a bit ominous. FREE IF NO SEALS. One of the cows started to run towards me. 01851 702240 01851 702240 Lady Lever Park, Lews Castle Grounds, Isle Of Lewis, HS20XP. . "In my entire career, I haven’t seen anything like this — so many disparate interests coming together around a common need … Yes, there really is a llama on the lawn. It means close the gate. I reach a crossroads, hear voices, and a family group joins my path. The Spanish photographer’s trip sounds amazing – what an adventure. Check my map again. Looks like a small, sleepy place. Wander around the quiet harbour to see seals among the sailboats, or plot a course through woods, moorland and coastal paths to get a full picture of this lovely area. Eilean Donan Castle Perhaps the most iconic castle in Scotland. Onwards along the drive, which climbs higher and, through gaps in the trees, I can look down over the loch and Plockton. Coastal walks in the South East. It really is a beautiful place, and looks even better in sunshine and under blue skies. Coastalwalker.co.uk – walking around the British coastline, very SLOWLY. No sign of a distillery, or a shop. “Welcome to Plockton,” says the sign by the bridge. 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. The rest I stuck to the road like you. ... After a lazy morning we drove out the back of Plockton for a possible coastal walk … Glad you enjoyed Plockton, Jon. Fuel? What a delightful place. A man in yellow wellies, with a dog, is heading down the same footpath. a cargo ship sails slowly past. Wow palm trees in the highlands. I cross a stile, walk over a hummock of rocky ground, and spot the railway line. That sign marks the beginning of tomorrow’s walk, so I pause to quickly reconnoitre the path. Like you I also went down to that beach where you saw a seal – but no seal today. Reassuring to hear about the train routes and stations. Time for a rest. I tell him about my wonderful camping spot on the Glenelg  Peninsula. Spectacular walking, hiking and mountain biking can be explored, from low-level coastal walks, … Stunning photos Ruth! “The Jewel of the Highlands.”. Hope your mum enjoys the blog post, and hope it brings back happy memories. He is Spanish, a professional photographer, and is spending a year travelling the world in his van. Probably, I usually do!. Another sign catches my eye (it really is a day of signs today!). I’ve had dogs follow me on my walks on several occasions, and it puts you in a difficult dilemma. I pass a couple of squashed hedgehogs (now a rare sight on English roads) and bushes of raspberry plants covered with juicy fruit. Everybody says the east coast will seem a doddle after northwest Scotland. Plockton is an area with interests for everyone. Miles walked today = 7 miles A sign on a nearby fence post catches my eye. Plockton is known for its palm trees, as it supposedly occupies some sort of Mediterranean-esque climate pocket, but the weather remained strictly Scottish West Coast the whole time we were there. Hard to imagine now. A beautiful day with wonderful views and photos. Luckily, the cattle keep munching their grass and totally ignore me. This leads onto Bank Street, a secluded lane of whitewashed cottages, with their gardens overlooking the water on the other side of the lane. Oooh. What I particularly liked were all the Highland Cattle. Thought it was a special place, despite too many tourists! The road sticks close to the railway track and I only have another mile to go before I reach Plockton…, … where I cross over the railway line via a road bridge. It has a pretty little waiting room, an empty platform, and is surrounded by woodland. It was a safe road when I walked it, although you do have to keep a look out for traffic. Someone seems to have tried to make some sort of tiny harbour but good luck getting a boat under that railway bridge. Anyway, I start chatting to the man in yellow wellies. Anstruther to Crail: East Neuk Fishing Villages. You are such an inspiration. After Scotland, he has a passage booked on a cargo ship over to Canada, and he plans to drive through North and then South America. Didn’t the village sign have the wrong spelling? My only concern is walking on the actual road… did you have any problems with passing cars? Place looks fabulous though. There is a classic walk on Hoy to the stack following the coastal path uphill from Rackwick and returning by the same route. I love the views, especially the first two . It’s strange that tiredness thing isn’t it. It is unmanned, but prettily painted. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. From the bridge, I take another photograph of Plockton station. Both my map and the railway station spell the place as two words: Strome Ferry. ( Log Out /  I don’t want it to hurt itself, nor do I want to prevent its mother from returning. Coastal, Self Catering Converted Train Station In Plockton, Ross Shire ... For the more adventurous there are walks for all abilities, from the challenge of the Five Sisters at Kintail or the majestic Cuillins, or for those less energetic there are gentle lochside walks straight from the front door of the station. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure! Ah, yes, there are some of the grazing beasts. 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). A cyclist overtakes me. Is it private property or open to the public? This must be Duirinish, I guess (my map doesn’t give the place a name). Actually, it’s a lovely road. It being Sunday only two trains run in each direction. I turn back from the station and walk along the track. Duirnish station is indeed quite far from the village but someone did get off there on the way back to Kyle of Lochalsh so it does get some use. I was very excited by the thought of palm trees in Scotland, but they turn out to be underwhelming. [This walk was completed on the 13th July 2019]. The position of the house makes it ideally placed to walk/ drive to a variety of beauty spots, whether that is a coastal walk around the local peninsula, or a walk into the nearby village of Plockton (which has a number of lovely pubs and places to pick up supplies). The farm was an amazing place, with llamas on the lawn and lodges set against the loch. The station near Duncraig Castle was once a private station, owned by the owners of the castle. Reviews. Beautiful place, and gorgeous scenery. It is always worrying when there is nobody else there on the platform or the bus stop when you alone have reserached and concluded that transport is due. The little creature is obviously aware of my presence and begins floundering about. After several days of rain at the start of my trip, the sunshine over the past few days was really welcome. There are no pavements, and I haven’t been looking forward to this section. Oh…. This is, Maria’s story: scary encounter with an unsettled cow, Cheryl’s story: blocked footpaths and a ruined walk. The castle prices will make your eyes water! But the road sign combines the two words into one: Stromeferry. I did have my own little accident though, falling and dislocating my finger on the bridge by Duncraig station. Put my head down and march along quickly, dodging traffic. The sign above the door catches my eye. Locally landed seafood and Plockton brewed ale can be enjoyed all year round in several nearby award-winning inns and restaurants. After steeply diving down the slope, it crosses a marshy area via a boardwalk, and I emerge at the side of a small creek. 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. Re-opening time appears to have been changed from spring to summer. I do wonder if it will ever open (though the website does suggest they are taking bookings for 2021). I was very excited by the thought of palm trees in Scotland, but they turn out to be underwhelming. I love it and hoped you’d include a picture of that. You certainly got good weather for this walk. [This walk was completed on Sunday, 14th July 2019]. The coastal scenery here is some of the best in Scotland, with an impressive series of sea caves, arches and blow holes to enjoy before you get to the Bullers of Buchan itself. Ah. Such a sleepy place. 11 nights accommodation in B&B/Hotel; minimum of 10 guided walks And you get your money back if the trip is unsuccessful. That is often a reason you’ll find a station in the middle of nowhere! The journey takes 15 minutes and, when we reach Kyle, we must “all change”. From another bend in the road, I get a view of the Skye Bridge. I wade on, cursing the Scottish notion of a footpath, before I discover…. You can read about the history of Stromeferry, and the riots at the station, on the Undiscovered Scotland site.. They charge past me, return, and then come past again – laughing and shouting, and wildly excited. Looking down through the trees, I try to spot the lodge I stayed in, but it is obscured by foliage to the left of the photo below. Is it generally safe? I set off across a field, which gets progressively muddier and turns into a bog. Scenic coastal wildlife walk high above the sea. I am planning to take the Inverness-Kyle train this coming Saturday, and I would like to do this walk, only the other way around, from Plockton to Kyle. 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. This is Drumbuie, not Drambuie. https://glasgowgallivanter.com/2019/11/18/plockton-duncraig-castle/, Yes, I’m still following your fascinating and often amusing blog! Heavy rain all day. Should be doing it in July (assuming we are allowed to go anywhere by then!). Just a lot of sheep. On the way, I’m passed (several times) by a trio of children on bicycles. So I decided to walk along the track to see the castle (though I didn’t go down to the station) anyway. [Actually, I’m lucky there are trains running on Sunday at all. So I’m going to ‘wild camp’ tonight. I walk up the hill, passing a sign to an “Open Air Church”. So, I decide to turn inland and follow the road across a wide, open plain, through delightful meadowland, surrounded by wild flowers. Total around coast = 4,347 miles. I’m walking uphill now, away from the house and towards the main road. With the sun in my eyes, photography is difficult, and the place would look much nicer with the tide in. My theory is that maybe some days we have an underlying illness or infection which is so mild we don’t notice it normally, but when it comes to exercising only then does it start to affect us, making mild exercise like walking harder, and hard exercise impossible… am I talking rubbish? Change ). I really like this children’s playpark. I have a theory about it but i wouldn’t dare mention it to a doctor – it’s probably really stupid! Time for a snack too. Running across a neighbouring field. The road climbs gently up a hill, and I’m beginning to leave Kyle behind. It is nice to be able to take the train for this walk. 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. I was planning to have my picnic lunch here and start looking around for a suitable stone to sit on – but then I spot something moving. Or are they close to home and about to get lost because they are following you? It looks lovely up there. I smiled at the llama on the lawn. [Actually, I’m lucky there are trains running on Sunday at all. The purpose of the trips is revealed by the next sign. He saw this spot earlier and couldn’t resist camping here. I had hard Plockton was rather nice and it certainly seems that it is. At the top of the hill is a coach park, with a motley collection of buses of various sizes. Unlikely to be stupid! There’s the railway line, passing over a bridge and close to the shore. At the end of the village, my road rejoins the main road, which passes over the river via an impressive stone bridge. I have a long wait because I misread the timetable and forgot it was a Sunday today. Common grazings? A little further along, the path joins a track. Spectacular walking, hiking and mountain biking can be explored, from low-level coastal walks, … Sorry to hear about your accident. Begin the walk by heading up behind the toilets, keeping left at a fork. The main street is narrow, crowded with visitors, and lined by tourist shops, B&Bs, and parked cars. Oh, no, the middle one is definitely a bull. Unfortunately the return train back from Kyle of Lochalsh that I planned to catch was now shown as cancelled due to “severe weather” (and it was the last one). I hold back to let him get a good head start, then I follow down the path. The path is fairly level and ends at wildlife hide. Out in the water, under the line of blue mountains. 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. (For some reason, I keep reading this as Ache More. I walk past a little café, and turn into the main village street. Now here is something odd. Nearby, is a big grey box from which you can buy free-range eggs. The station at Kyle of Lochalsh is built out into the Loch like that so the boats to Skye could dock alongside the platform (before the bridge opened, of course). When I reached the shore I checked again and now it was 25 minutes late. Oh, silly me, “Fear GOD”. Another tidal creek. Ah. I remember the boat I saw embarking this morning from Plockton. I’ve used Duncraig station – when writing Remote Stations. Not exactly busy (there are sheep meandering along the tarmac) and with great views. Plockton is a idyllic stopover for anyone touring the west coast in a boat. Achmore is a one-street village, and soon passed through. Stones? Views to Kylerhea are stunning. Well done for finding a coastal footpath at Drumbuie. But the electricity was dodgy and the water from the taps ran brown (a fact that is hidden by the dim lights, and that I only discovered on the morning after I’d drunk a whole glass before bed!) There are plenty of empty fields around, but…. The last place I walked on the coast with a station was Thurso and that is a long way around from Plockton (and the station not very useful for walking the coast as the line then immediately goes inland). Well, ok then! Callum's Seal Trips is worth the money. I wonder what it’s carrying? A gate that is no longer there. Onwards, to the end of the road, where it joins the busy A890. Yes, tiredness is a strange thing, and I know you too found a recent walk strangely difficult. I think of my husband and how he would enjoy this area, but then remember he is soon to be my ex-husband, and I push him away from my thoughts. Love the wooden boat and the painted train. This was the day we arrived in Dornie and, as I’ve said before, I kept an eye open for you all week. The road sign has added a helpful description after the name, although – perhaps unhelpfully – it is printed in writing too small for a passing car to easily spot. So pretty and unspoilt. I walk through Kyle, past established houses and new-build flats. Website. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. So, I guess this is somewhere where local people can release their livestock in a shared area of pastures. There is no sign of any work going on. Portreath, Cornwall (Dreamstime) Start in Portreath, near … Portreath to Hayle. Over the bridge, and I’m entering the village of Achmore. This trail follows the old coastal footpath to Kyle of Lochalsh (3 miles) and provides a very pleasant alternative to the main (busy) road. You’re clearly very walking-fit, but some days it’s just so much harder than others, even when the distance is shorter. Attractions near Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk: (3.41 km) Plockton Seal Trips (3.45 km) Plockton Harbour (4.86 km) Kyle Line (Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh) (3.31 km) Sea Kayak Plockton (11.56 km) Skye Jeep Tours; View all attractions near Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk on Tripadvisor Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts. Change ). It’s 4pm. Total around coast = 4,340 miles. Playing a major role in WA’s development through timber exportation around… There’s the railway track below me, and now the train from Kyle trundles past, heading back to Inverness. How lucky those cows are to have such a lush, green pasture to enjoy. I’ve stayed there the past couple of nights, in a cosy little lodge right on the shore of the loch. How delightful to see the baby seal and get such a good photo too. Hi Peter. Plockton faces eastwards, away from the Atlantic winds, and boasts a temperate climate, with warm waters from the gulf stream lapping its shore. The road emerges from woodland, and swings inland, running alongside an area of flat pastureland. Perhaps I’ll find somewhere to buy a bottle? Is this where the ferry used to run from? I’ve noticed in Scotland that the spelling of place names can be rather fluid! The trains are infrequent. Still nobody on the platform. A sharp drop down towards the loch on my left. On a bend in the drive, I find another old building. Ratagan Pass Next we venture across the mountain pass with stunning views of the 5 sisters of Kintail. Close to what? I’m glad they’re on the other side of the fence. Regarding Strome Ferry I’ve seen photos of that road sign before but not actually seen it myself. Luckily, there is only half a mile to go before I reach the turn off to Strome Ferry. When I reached Duncraig I could see the train was now 1 minute late and was due to pass me in 2 minutes. And, next to it, the large industrial wharf that I noticed yesterday. Round the bend, and the road slopes downhill. North coast, 12 miles. 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 Kayak Plockton (7.23 mi) Skye Jeep Tours; View all attractions near Duirinish and Drumbuie Coastal Walk on Tripadvisor $ It’s Saturday, and the carriages are  busy. Plockton hold their Plockton Small Boat Sailing annual regatta on the last week of July and the first week of August. I wonder how ruined it will be and whether there is public access. Keep on walking. 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