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Bachuil Country House - Isle of Lismore

Bachuil Country House, Isle of Lismore, Oban, Argyll & Bute, PA34 5UL, United Kingdom
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Walking on Lismore

Port Ramsay

Port Ramsay

This is a lovely short walk around the northern tip of the island taking in an old lime kiln at Port Ramsay.

From ferry pier at Point head NW across the grass beside the beach and around the headland following the coastline above the rocks that drop to the sea. The path passes a section of drystone wall and then crosses a stile in a fence.  Continue over another stile to a small bay. Past the bay bear diagonally left up a grassy slope to a gap in a drystone wall with a marker post.  Continue to another marker post and gap between two fence posts. Then turn right continue along the top of the cliffs before sloping down to join a track.  Turn right and follow the track through a gate to the sea shore.  Turn left and follow the track to Port Ramsay.

You can return to your start point by taking the road from Port Ramsay and turning left at the junction with the main road.

See http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/155560/details/lismore+port+ramsay+limekilns/ for more information on the Lime Kilns.

Port Ramsay To Castle Coeffin

Port Ramsay To Castle Coeffin

From the telephone kiosk at Port Ramsay head 50 yards inland along the road and then turn right onto a track.   Near a white bungalow take the right fork to avoid the garden and continue around the bay past Laggan farmhouse (home of my cousin Duncan and his wife Ann).  Here the track dog-legs left through a gate heading inland.  Continue inland on a very faint track with a fence on the left and a knoll on the right crossing the field until you reach a wall where you turn right BEFORE the gate to follow the wall through a bit of a bog down towards the sea.  Cross the stile over the wall and continue along the coast below the cliffs to Port na Morlach where there is a fish farm and a lime kiln.  From here an obvious valley leads down to Castle Coeffin.  Keep to the left edge of the valley until you come to an old track leading up the cliff on your left.  (If it is dry underfoot you could cross the valley instead and continue up the valley to the castle.)  Pass through the small gate at the top of the track and then turn right to follow the cliff top.  When you reach a drystone wall turn left to a stile. Cross this and then head slightly downhill, keeping just left of some small limestone outcrops. Continue through a gap in another wall to reach a track, and turn right down this.  At the cliff top the track goes down a steep slope to Port Castle.  At the bottom keep left following the track to the bay.

Castle Coeffin

Castle Coeffin

From Bachuil entrance turn south along the road, pass the church, and then about a hundred fifty yards later take a track to the right that should be signposted.  Go through the gate at the side of the barn ad follow the public footpath to the left.  After a bout fifty yards a "new" track has been made to the farm.  Ignore this and follow the footpath.  After about a hundred yards it turns sharp right and another 100 yards on you come to a gate.  Pass through this and continue sraight on for about another 400 yards and you will see that you have arrived at the top of the cliff overlooking the castle.  Turn right for a few yards then follow the track down the cliff.  Our friends have horses here so be sure to shut gates!

 

From the castle return up the cliff track and follow it taking any right forks as the footpath occasionally diverts from the new track following the fainter old track in a straighter line.

 

See http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/23093/details/lismore+castle+coeffin/ for more information.

Tirefour Broch

Tirefour Broch

One of the best preserved monuments in the county, this broch stands on the highest point of a rocky ridge and commands an extensive view in all directions. It is a short walk across fields from Bachuil. 

From the Bachuil Drive turn right towards the Cathedral Church of St Moluag and after a hundred yards turn right through a gate into the field.  Head slightly right and follow the line of electricity poles across the ridge.  Once over the ridge you will see a small fenced field with a pedestrian gate at the right.  Go through the and the head slightly left and you will come to another pedestrian gate through the drystone wall.  Go through this gate and continue up the steep slope.  You will need to pass to the left of fields that immediately surround Balure to reach the tarmac road.  From here turn right and follow the road until you see a gate leading to the broch.

see http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/23082/details/lismore+tirefour+castle/ for more information on the broch.

Salen

Salen

Salen is a very picturesque spot with old lime kilns and pier.  It is about 2.7miles from Bachuil and follows the main road and a track.

From Bachuil head south along the road passing the Cathedral Church f St Moluag, The Heritage Centre and Lios Beag Cafe, and the Shop/Post Office.  About 400 yards past the shop a signpost to Salen takes you down a track to the right.  Follow this track for a mile to Salen.

You can then return the same way or continue on for just over half a mile to the main road to Achadun Castle.

Achadun Castle (Bishop's Palace)

Achadun Castle (Bishop's Palace)

From The Salen Junction on the Achadun Road head south towards Achadun for 1.3 miles, At the whitewashed cottage at Mid Achinduin turn left here to walk past the side of the cottage and continue for about a hundred yards in front of some more modern houses. Just pass these follow the track then fork right downhill for another hundred yards passing behind the old farm. The track then bears left and, four hundred yards later, heads through a gate. Fllow the track for two hundred yards and you may be lucky enough to spot a small sign lying on the ground pointing right  to the castle.  The track is not at all obvious here.  Head up the rise for about fifty yards and you should see the castle 400 yards away.

 
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