Old track to Ardmore
Start location: A838 approx 1km west of Rhichonich (NC 247 518)
End location: Ardmore (NC 208 512)
Geographical area: Sutherland
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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The road from the A838 as far as Portlevorchy is now a public road. There is parking for four or five cars in a small roadside quarry at NC 225 516, about 200 metres east of the turning circle at the road end and the fork to Portlevorchy. After a gate (NC 209 515) and crossing (over stone steps) a few yards of likely wet-in-winter ground, the third climb is up what is known as "The Waterfall", almost a scramble in places. The track otherwise is well made with gravel and sand where necessary. There is a well made pedestrian bridge at NC 215 516.
On gaining the high ground west of the "Waterfall" at the first cottage the path runs immediately in front (NC 208 511) and above the fenced vegetable garden (this is the only puzzling spot on the route), then follows along the hillside passing other cottages. The track then descends to the "activity centre" at the loch.
OS Landranger 9 (Cape Wrath)
A number of people lived along this route at least into the 19th century as two townships were mapped by Ordnance Survey in 1878. This path would have been the main access for these communities to the main road south through Laxford Bridge.
Interestingly it has been speculated that the place name of 'An Annait' a little south of Ardmore may relate to a ninth or tenth century church site. There is no trace of this but if it were the case then people must have travelled along this path to attend church a very long time ago. Although it is on the coast boats could not have been relied on due to weather and tidal restrictions.