Wandelgids Scotland's Far West - Schotland | Cicerone (9781852844073)
Uitstekende wandelgids, sommige meerdaags, voor dit uitdagende wandelgebied in Schotland.
The guide describes 34 mountain walks in Scotland's far-west peninsula – including Morvern, Ardnamurchan and Ardgour – and on the island of Mull.
Mull, Scotland's third largest isle, and for bard Dugold MacPhail 'Of Isles the Fairest', has something for everyone. Those with interests in archaeology, geology and history will be captivated; naturalists will be fascinated by its flora and fauna; but its universal magic is tranquillity, while affording you all the joys of walking in the great outdoors.
Across the narrow Sound of Mull, lies Morvern with Ardgour and Ardnamurchan. Here the enchantment continues to develop. At its farthest reaches, approached by a narrow road meandering through the finest scenery, is the most westerly part of the British mainland, Ardnamurchan Point.
The allure of Mull, Morvern, Ardnamurchan and Ardgour is outstanding, and once you have seen them, you will want to visit Scotland's far west time after time.
When researching our last guidebook, North to the Cape, we spent many happy days in the West Highlands of Scotland, often passing through Fort William on the way to our research destinations.
On one of our trips it occurred to us that, despite our many kilometres afoot, there were two corners of Scotland within reach of Fort William that we had never fully investigated. These were the Isle of Mull and that most westerly part of the British mainland, Ardnamurchan.
So we went on an exploratory visit with no book in mind. We were so enchanted with these places, however, that we soon realised the potential for one. This guide (in which Morvern, Ardgour, Sunart and Ardnamurchan have been grouped, for convenience, under the heading ‘Ardnamurchan’) is the result of three pleasant years’ work and we hope that you will get much pleasure from reading it. We hope too that you will enjoy the walks.
On Mull and on the mainland, we discovered that there are many routes shown on OS maps and published in guides and leaflets. In this guidebook we have chosen the ones we enjoyed the most, and make no excuse for including several walks which might be considered classics, simply because they are too good to miss.
We cover three kinds of walk: circular walks, walks which go out and return at the halfway mark, and those which travel from A to B (linear walks). At the risk of stating the obvious, the linear walks will require pick-up arrangements or a two-car preparation session.
We have described a good mix ranging from easy strolls, which may take half a day or so, to fairly long day walks, including one or two which will stretch your abilities. Fit and experienced walkers should be able to complete all the routes, and we have indicated in the text those areas requiring extra care.
On some walks we have mentioned ‘other paths’. Where sensible, destinations of some connecting paths are pointed out, especially at important intersections. We do not expect walkers to slavishly follow our routes step by step. We do expect walkers – as we do – to explore, making full use of maps and navigational skills.
Much has been written elsewhere about the history, natural history and geology of these areas, so we chose not to repeat most of this: after all, this is a guidebook, not a travel book. We have, however, included some information in the introductions to walks where we think it will be of particular interest.
We enjoy walking in the countryside, rather than through it, tramping around happily rather than trying to break records. We’ve lost count of the number of days spent in exploring the British Isles, especially the north of England and Scotland. It’s not only the walking we enjoy, but also the navigation, mapwork, sorting out a good route, staying in both smart hotels with gourmet food and in more humble establishments. We enjoy the downing of a good pint, perhaps with a dram, in a friendly inn; a wayside chat with a passer-by.
During our walking career, we have visited and been impressed by many magnificent mountain areas around the world. But each time we visit the West Highlands of Scotland and, in particular, Scotland’s Far West, we are reminded that this area cannot be surpassed for its hills and glens, its lakes, rivers and lochs, its remoteness and its beauty. For us it remains the best.
Denis Brook and Phil Hinchliffe
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