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…….
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
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 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 Mull, Mull and Iona 40 Favourite Walks and Walking The Isles of Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree. Day 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
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.