relatively easy short coastal walk
below and above basalt cliffs with interesting geology and spectacular views.
Ground tending to be wet, boggy in parts and slippery; good waterproof walking boots
or wellingtons definitely required.
By car from Seaview, drive back towards Bunessan from Fionnphort. Drive through Bunessan village round
the sharp bend and turn first left before you leave the 30mph limit, over the little bridge and left
again immediately after it and drive along the shore road. A quarter mile further on you enter the Ardtun area and to your
left there are magnificent views north west over Loch na Laitaich and Eilean na Liathanaich (Grey
Island) with its little lighthouse perched at one end. To the west is Bunessan pier
used by the local shell fishermen and extremely important to the areas
economy. In the distance on a good day you can pick out the pillar island Staffa
to the north.
Follow the road nearly to the end and just
before the last 2 houses there is a gate facing north on the right hand side of
the road. Park your car and go through the gate. Follow the sheep track north
through a field and on to the open moor. In the mid distance there is a
little flat topped hill with a cairn on top (Dunan Mor). Walk to
the cairn and then carry on past it descending north down to the fields
above the shore.
Here you pass through ruined croft houses and enclosures. On your right
above the notable columns of basalt cliffs become grander as you walk
north east. The sheep track takes you to a steep gorge with the sea
funnelling into it.
At this point you have to go up onto the tops of the cliffs. Now follow
across the headland and ahead of you in the distance is the magnificent
mass of the Ardmeanach peninsular.