Monday is our full day off so we’ve decided to attempt this walk today. It is only five miles but is across boggy ground so we definitely needed our boots and gaiters.
The route took us to the Lochan Sgeirach (Fairy Lochs) and in one of them is a memorial to the crew and passengers of a US aircraft that crashed here on 13 June 1945.
The Liberator crashed in poor visibility as it was returning home with the loss of 15 lives. The wreckage forms part of the memorial and the plaque erected on the crag where the plane crashed asks “This site is their last resting place. Please treat with respect and take only memories.” Wreckage can still be seen around the edge of the Loch.
As we continued our journey, the going got a bit tougher as we were coming down. The paths are not like the ones we are used to in the Lake District – as the sign at the beginning of the walk says, ‘Take Care, You are entering remote, sparsely-populated, potentially dangerous country. Please ensure that you are adequately experienced and equipped to complete your journey without assistance’. We both thought twice about continuing………….and then carried on as we were all of the above!
The views out to Gairloch Bay though were worth the effort.
As a treat we then travelled another couple of miles to the village of Badachro to the pub there and had something to eat. The Badachro Inn had been recommended to us by Philip & Julia and we were not disappointed.
The staff were friendly, the food excellent and the view from the restaurant/bar out over the Loch were beautiful – heaven on a plate!