Crinan Trail

Fishboxes outside the hotelYou may have been wondering what the Missus was up to yesterday while Jazz and I were having our antiquity-fest in Kilmartin Glen: it turns out she was exploring the Crinan Trail and she enjoyed it so much she wanted to share it with us today.  Unfortunately as we wolfed down breakfast in the hotel the rain gave everything a Scotch Mist grayness.  But then as we packed the car the blue skies developed over Jura and headed our way.  We took this as a very good omen and so headed off.

Crinan Harbour

Crinan Harbour

Crinan Harbour from the Trail

Crinan Harbour from the Trail

The walk starts at Crinan harbour and follows the shore for a bit before heading (quickly) up the hill through the trees.  Luckily the Forestry Commission have done a great job on this path and you never lose the view, plus kind souls have placed seats at strategic locations for us “to check the map”. And what a view!  The harbour was a turquoise jewel as you look towards the Mòine Mhor.  Soon we are on the main forestry track which we follow anti-clockwise to the viewpoint looking over the Sound of Jura.  This gives a wonderful 240° panorama from the Paps of Jura, past Scarba and the Corryvreckan whirlpool, to the mountains of Mull on the horizon, and the mainland towards Oban.

Jazz and Cathy heading for Creag Mhor

Jazz and Cathy heading for Creag Mhor

Looking towards Scarba and Mull

Looking towards Scarba and Mull

The track continues until a path branches off and up to get to the dun on Creag Mhor.  This gives the same great view but with a bit more altitude and you can see how the  Sound of Jura isn’t a place you’d want to paddle in an open boat.  The canal may cut a big chunk off going round the Mull of Kintyre but it isn’t exactly plain sailing as you try to avoid all these islands in this strong current.

Jazz having a muddy-puddle drink

Jazz having a muddy-puddle drink

The path continues in a circuit back to the path leading down to Crinan.  There are a couple of steep climbs but the view easily makes it worth it.  We took a couple of hours and got back to the car at exactly the same time as the rain. I told you we had the gods on our side.

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