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Distance - 4 miles
Time - 2 hours
OS Map Explorer 374
Grading - Easy
Terrain - Forestry Commission track
The Ardmore walk is a delightful forest and shore excursion, just a short distance from Tobermory. Travelling to Dervaig from Tobermory on the B8073, take the turning for Glengorm on the outskirts of Tobermory. The car park is about 1 mile along this road on the right hand side. The first part of the walk is through spruce forest, later opening out to give beautiful views to Coll and Ardnamurchan. Take the forestry road from the car park, go through the gate and keep on the track bearing left at the fork until you come to the ruined settlement of Penalbanach which was abandoned in the 1930s. Follow the waymarked shore path which will bring you down to the Bird Hide in Ardmore Bay, a great place to take shelter for lunch in wet weather and watch the seals and sea birds.
There are stunning views over to the village of Kilchoan and the mountainous Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The path curves along the shore and the going here can be slightly boggy in parts. Eventually the path passes a picnic table with stunning views across the Sound of Mull, and then turns right into the forest. Leaving the sea, you will soon arrive at the ruined hamlet of Ardmore, the ruins of the old school, which once had about 30 pupils lie a little further along the track. On reaching the forestry road take the right turn and then the next left to retrace your steps back to Ardmore car park. Keep your eyes peeled, you may be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the golden and white-tailed sea eagles which are both regularly seen in this area.