a wee walk with lots of unique character; it's on the beautiful island
of Eigg in the Sea of the Hebrides, about one hour by ferry from Mallaig
on the west coast. The island is due west of Arisaig. The current population
is about 70 and the island has had a recent stormy history, culminating
in a community buyout, thus hopefully ensuring a bright future.
recently also commenced on a new pier and causeway, which will allow the
CalMac ferry to tie up. Even this large engineering project however is
completely dominated by the fantastic rock scenery of An Sgurr, the peak,
a feature visible from a great distance and the point of this walk. The
Sgurr is a narrow ridge of volcanic rock, a fine-grained pitchstone. At
its west end it soars vertically, forming a formidable pillar. Luckily,
the walk sneaks round the back of the Sgurr and requires only a short
will become the old pier at Galmisdale, follow the road east, zigzag through
a wood, to cross another road and continue by a track over the now open
moor. Go first north then bend back to the west towards the Sgurr, finally
skirting it on the north. At the first obvious breach in its defences,
a path goes through a rocky gate onto a grassy col. A brief zigzag and
short scramble leads to the ridge. Here you will find a peculiar cobbly
surface, where columns of pitchstone have been weathered.
point must have been a pleasure to build, perched on the edge and overlooking
one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the northern hemisphere.
To the north west is Rum, to the east the big mountains of the mainland.
All around are scattered more islands; Muck to the south east, Skye to
the north, while directly south the craggy point of Ardnamurchan juts
out into the sea, the most westerly point of the mainland.
however reluctantly made, is by the same route.
probably wish to stay overnight; this helps the local community. Most
accommodation is bed and breakfast. You can contact the local tourist
information office in Fort William on 01397 703781 or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
information, Caledonian MacBrayne, Mallaig (m.v. Loch Nevis) Tel. 01687
462403 or 462011, or from Arisaig, Arisaig Marine (m.v. Shearwater) Tel.
01687 450224 (Easter to late September). Note that some days have no ferry
service. Also check out their websites at www.isleofeigg.org,