South West Coastal Path Week 2 Barnstaple to Bude

We had a great week of sunshine, beaches, cider and walking along the beautiful South West Coastal Path from Barnstaple to Bude organised by Let’s Go Walking. This is our second time doing the SWCP and we thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the coast. It is very up and down especially in the day or so before Bude. We will let the photos tell the story…….

 

 

Mull and Iona – a Macs Adventure Days 4 to 7

The drive up the West Coast of Mull was very special and our base for the rest of the week was the Western Isles Hotel. We had a great view over looking the harbour. The next 3 days were full of walking and a trip to the Island of Ulva. Strava details and photos below. We had a very good trip and it was well organised by Macs Adventure

Walk 1
Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse 3.25 miles
Walk 2
Loch Ba Walk 4.8 miles
Walk 3
Salen Circuit and the Sound of Mull 4.3 miles
Walk 4
Walking on Ulva 12.3 miles
Walk 5
Admore Forest and Shore 4.7 miles

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Mull and Iona – a Macs Adventure Day 3

We made the most of Day , by walking to the  North shore of Iona in the morning and then visiting the Abbey.   It was a very pleasant morning but the highlight of the day was the boat trip to Staffa, home of Fingal’s Cave the inspiration for Mendelsson’s Hebrides Overture.   Our boat trip was with Staffa Trips.

We saw lots of Puffins on Staffa !

Day 3 Strava
Staffa – Walk to the Puffins !
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Iona Abbey
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Abbey Cloister
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Iona North  Shore View

 

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Celtic Knot
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Good Food Here
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Our boat for the Staffa Trip MV Iolaire of Iona
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Catching Oysters
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Staffa
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Puffin in grass
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CalMac Landing
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Puffin – magical bird

Mull and Iona – a Macs Adventure Day 1 and 2

We took a trip booked through Macs Adventure to the wonderful Islands of Mull and Iona.  Having driven to Oban, we got the Calmac  car ferry over to Mull.  We then drove to the passenger ferry at Fionnphort and were lucky to catch the first ferry of the day, following an electrical fault.  The staff at Macs Adventure had been very helpful in supporting us when we found out the ferry was broken. Luckily we caught the ferry as planned. We stayed at Ardoran House on Iona which was the perfect place to explore the island.  We used some guide books to help with our walking choices.  These were Walking on the Isle of MullMull and Iona 40 Favourite Walks and Walking The Isles of Mull, Iona, Coll and TireeDay 1 was a travelling day and on  Day 2 we explored Iona walking to the Abbey and the North end of the Island and then to Port na Curiach at the southern end of Iona. We covered 11 miles. The scenery was stunning with good lots of good wildlife on display – sanderlings and oyster-catchers being favourites. We even heard and caught a glimpse of the illusive corncrake.  We had a very pleasant meal in The St Columba Hotel

Day 2 Iona Abbey and the north end, and Port na Curiah
Day 2 – 11 miles of cracking scenery and wildlife
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Looking over to Mull
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Oyster Catcher
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Ringed Plover
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Sanderlings on the run

 

Gozo Coastal Walking

We took a trip to Gozo in March and we were rewarded with excellent weather and wonderful views of the spring flowers. We used the Cicerone guidebook – “Walking on Malta” by Paddy Dillon which includes 8 walks on Gozo. We managed to complete 6 of the walks, which joined up made for a tour of the beautiful coastline. The bus system is good with Victoria being the centre of the hub and spoke system on the island.

We stayed in Xaghra. Our walks were 1. Marsalforn to Ramla Bay via Xaghra, 2. Marsalforn to San Lawrenz, 3. Ramla Bay to Qala, 4. Qala to Mgarr, 5. Mgarr to Sannat and 6. Sannat to San Lawrenz.  The total distance was around 50 miles.

Some photos taken along the way below. It was a really relaxing and enjoyable week.