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Achmelvich Bay and Alltanabradhan

Highland Walk

County/Area - Highland - Northern Highland

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 3.0 miles / 4.9 km    Ascent - 600 feet / 182 metres

Time - 2 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

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The coast of Assynt in north-west coast of Scotland is rugged and wild. This short walk explores the section of coast immediately north of Achmelvich Bay and visits the ruined grain mill at Alltanabradhan before following a little used path along the sea back to the sandy beach at Achmelvich. For those with a less intrepid nature you can always follow the outward route back to the start.

The start is the parking area at Achmelvich (grid ref. NC057247). This reached off the scenic B869 Lochinver to Unapool road. After parking take the signed track going north from the car park to Alltanabradhan. The way ahead is never in doubt as it undulates across the low coastal hills. After passing a few isolated houses the path eventually drops to cross a stream by some stepping stones. Bear left here down to the old grain mill where a board provides some useful historical background.

To continue walk downhill, towards the cove of Port Alltan na Bradhan. This is a perfect place to have a picnic and you are likely to have the beach to yourself for much of the time perhaps only disturbed by the sea birds and an occasional walker or two. You now have two choices. The easiest way back is to follow the outward route, which does offer a different perspective than that enjoyed on the outward walk. The other option is to follow a narrow path along the coast. This requires some patience and careful route finding. In one place there is the need for some mild scrambling.

Assuming you have opted for the latter course of action, leave the beach at its southern end and walk along the coast (with the sea on your right) picking your route carefully. The path is generally easy to follow although there are a couple of places where you have to do your own route finding. The advice in these places is to go carefully and choose the route you find most comfortable. Soon you will rejoin a clearer path and the way ahead returns to normal.

As mentioned before, there is one place where the use of hands is appropriate to scramble across some rocky ground. This does not last for long. All too soon you arrive at the glorious beach at Achmelvich with its turquoise sea and beautiful sand. After exploring the beach return to the car park at the top of the beach.

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