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Fishermen's Route

Start location: Near to Risabus, Islay (NR 314 438)
End location: Maol an Fhithich, Islay (NR 282 458)
Geographical area: Argyll and Bute
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 4km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

This route follows Glen Golach and Glen Astle on track as far as the Glenastle lochs and then on footpath down the glen to the sea. The route commences at the edge of the main Oa road directly opposite Lower Coillabus road end. Proceeding through an unlocked gate the road is easily discernible, wide enough and although rough can be used by vehicles. Roughly 200 yds down the road there is another unlocked gate. The route is roughly NW and although soft in appearance is hard underneath. After the ruined house Glenastle near the head of Glenastle Loch the route proceeds over rougher ground and is slightly harder to follow and a lot softer. From the lochs the route is difficult to pick out and overgrown. It follows roughly the line of the burn. The route appears to terminate at the head of the waterfall where the burn enters the sea NR 281458 but from here there is an easily discernible road of hard rock which proceeds for another 200 yds to the SW and terminates at a fishermans hut ( ruined ) in a small bay NR 280456.

Heritage Information

The section of this route that runs from the main road to the ruined house at the head of Glenastle Loch is extremely well used both for agriculture and by the local angling club who fish the adjacent loch. The next section is used probably mainly by the local farmer and the last section appears only rarely used. The last people to use the route regularly in its entirety were the fishermen who used the route with horse and cart for getting shellfish to market.




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