A few years ago, a group of folk in Assynt developed a series of walks in specific areas, mostly on the basis of interesting archaeology. These walks were then offered to visitors to enjoy the area to a greater extent. The consulting archaeology company then produced information leaflets, and the one for Eadar a' Chalda can be found here. That link has a good map, but if you prefer to see where it is for yourself, follow this link to the Openstreetmap view of the area. We love this walk, and here is a link to Helen's blog post from March last year of a walk we did then. So what's so good about it? Well this, for a start:-
This pic was taken last year, a little later in the year, but shows what was a well-constructed factor's house, in relation to the much better known Ardvreck Castle. Today, I tried a panoramic - the quality isn't great, but it's possible to imagine how sweet life must have been here two hundred years ago.
Today, Lexie was the one doing the archaeology. To tell the truth, we all love this walk, and Lexie especially so. We are having to toughen up her paws after many months of restricted walking, owing to a health problem she has with her paws.
While we were making our way along, Helen was doing what she enjoys, photographing the little flowers, in this case, violets, that appear along with the primroses at this time of the year. OK, it's not her best profile, but it's what it tales to get the picture.
Eventually we got to the Calda Mór, and this intriguing 180 degree bend in the river, clearly caused by the spit of harder rock around which the river curls.
As we worked our way along, we could see the regeneration of the birch forests which ought to cover this area, if it wasn't for the over-grazing by both sheep and the most dense deer population in the country. These little seedlings are unlikely to survive long
The water tumbles down the limestone in stunning and restful waterfalls. This particular area has a wonderful feel to it.
And it's the time of the year for primroses. In places there are carpets of these, and after the winter, the muted extravagance is lovely.
I am due to be leading a walk for holidaymakers and others in August, and no doubt I will blog about the area at that time. I'll write up my "patter" that I present to the walkers. What is great about the walk is that there are elements in it that allow you to present a potted history of Highland life as well as discussing the archaeology, geology and botany.