August 13th 2013
A Walk to Garve from Strathpeffer with Anne and Mairi
Mairi wanted to try this walk which Anne and I did back in February. It’s a long one – 16 miles.
We headed for Strathpeffer and parked the car at Kinellan. We had something to eat and drink and then headed off. The day was just right for walking – quite cool with the sun coming through from time to time. I really enjoyed the day. Here’s us getting ready to leave.
We got past Loch Kinellan and the view back is lovely.
The woods at this time of year are great. We were in woods nearly all day.
We eventually came to a junction where the road now heads directly to Garve.
I think Anne and Mairi were just a little tired.
Bees even like Stinky Willie!
We reached the Rogie Falls.
Still 4 ½ miles to go
You can make out people on the suspension bridge down at the falls. It’s a popular tourist attraction. We left them well alone.
Not far along you come to a nice little croft. I think the place is called Rogie. What a place to live!
The wild raspberries are everywhere. On the way back we collected a lot.
And the heather is in bloom. It is beautiful. This is passing Loch na Croic.
The tadpoles are now tiny little toads and frogs. This wasn’t much bigger than my thumbnail.
After Loch na Croic the track cuts under the railway.
Where the new road has been built for foresting we took the older high road.
Eventually nearing Strath Garve this ford has to be crossed.
Finally we reached the tarred road at Crannach.
There’s a lovely long avenue into Garve.
Almost there, crossing Black Water.
And the end – about one o’clock.
A well deserved rest and something to eat.
This is an attempt to self photograph. I hate seeing the old man that is now in my photos.
And then it was time to head back. We left at 1.30. Here is a plaque on the bridge crossing Black Water.
There is a lot of work being done renovating Strath Garve Lodge. That’s great as it is a lovely old building.
A way marker.
I went down to get some pictures of Loch Garve.
Thought I’d taken a picture of a monkey and then realised that it’s my wife! The wee bag in her hand is for wild raspberries. Anne collected enough to make a few pots of jam.
Here’s us back to the foresting. Again we took the high road.
Here’s going under the railway again
There are a few way markers like this.
About half way back we stopped for a bit more to eat.
And onto the croft at Rogie.
This is us getting back towards Strathpeffer. There is quite a bog here above Loch Kinellan.
The bog myrtle has one of my favourite smells. On a hot day it is just lovely.
And Loch Kinellan back into view.