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Drimnin - Barr - Drimnin

Walks

Walk From Drimnin to Barr to Drimnin.

Summit height 341.76m total height ascended approximately 912.79m + approximately 21.76km.


From the junction of the B849 Drimnin Lochaline Road with the road to Bonnavoulin follow the track North East up to Mungosdail Farm. Follow the track past the farm and continue up through Mungosdail Forestry Commission (FC) woodland. Follow the track until a small sign highlights the route over to Barr via a grassed path that winds its way North East through a substantial gap in the trees. The path comes out on to the open moorland via a FC gate and to the North West is Lochan-Chrois-Bheinn. The route is now waymarked but continue heading North East up on to the ridge. Somewhere along the ridge a stone outcrop was used for concealing the mail, as this was apparently an old postal route.

From the ridge drop down in to Coire Buidhe heading North North East to the large Forestry Commission woodland at Barr, there is an FC gate marking the access to the woodland. The path and gap in the fence is to the North of Allt a Choire Buidhe, which runs in to the Barr River. The path from the ridge to the woodland is non-existent on the ground, however there are some waymarker posts along the route, but be careful in misty conditions.

Once in the forest follow the clear path through the woodland with the Barr River running to the right; South East. Keep an eye open for the historic buildings at Barr on the other side of the river. In the years this path has been walked there has been some change in the forest; due to the Commission harvesting timber and managing the woodland. Please be careful if any works are taking place and take heed of any warning notices.

The path through the woodland comes out onto a very wide forestry road; there are direction signs at this junction and head initially North West and then Northerly as first the road then a path skirts round the headland towards the island of Eilean nan Eildean. A gate marks the boundary of Forestry Commission land and that of a private estate. The path disappointingly heads down to the coastline, at high tide this will leave you at the waters edge.

Either follow this path and then aim for the ruin at Gleannaguda or aim straight for the ruin. From the ruin head North West and over the thick, heathery tussock grass top between Torr na Doirinne and the rocky outcrops to drop down onto the grass track by a bay with the building of Diorlinn to the East. From here follow the track to the West and by the building of Druimbuidhe, there are lots of little bays along this stretch giving refuge to a variety of wildlife. The track begins to climb up from Drumbuie Bridge; keep an eye open for all the Mile Posts from here to Drimnin and the views across Loch Sunart to Ardnamurchan and beyond. This track is part of the original route; Drimnin-Doirlinn road built about 1880 as a minor road with a seven foot carriageway and became the responsibility of the County Council following the similar named Act of 1890.

Along this stretch of track there are remnants of previous settlements at Portabhata and Auliston, plus there is evidence of old field systems between Auliston Point and the Mains of Drimnin on the coast. As the track descends down through a gate and passed a mixed woodland on one side and large gorse bushes on the other, the main track bends down towards the farm buildings and Drimnin house, the path to follow carries straight on narrowing as it goes through an area of gorse behind all the buildings coming out on to the access road to Drimnin house; turn left and then after a short while the road splits, take the lower track to the right through a gate for a short while before left through another gate down to the shore.

The walk took in all about six hours.

Observations:

Plenty of evidence of wildlife:

  • Fox droppings: approx. 2cm in diameter, very smelly with a range in colour depending on the diet; often grayish to white if bones have been in the diet. Foxes use their 'scats' as a territory marker, depositing them on grass tussocks, cairns, narrow ridges and forestry tracks. They also leave urine marks which are very pungent.
  • Pine Martin Droppings: usually about 1-2mm in diameter, twisted and tapered towards one end, the colour is mainly black with fragments / remnants of the diet. 'Scats' like foxes are often deposited on forestry tracks and prominent locations.
  • Red Deer Droppings,
  • Roe Deer Droppings,
  • Bark fraying and stripping: Both Red and Roe Deer vigorously rub their antlers against trees / branches causing the bark to be ripped off. This is done to remove the velvet on their antlers; Roe Deer do this during Spring and Summer; whilst Red Deer do it in late Summer in time for the rut in Autumn. Bark stripping predominantly occurs in Winter with teeth marks present.


  • Coal Tits
  • Goldcrest
  • Crossbills
  • Hooded Crows
  • Buzzards
  • Golden Eagles
  • White Tailed Eagles
  • Red Breasted Mergansers


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