A dog friendly walk from DogPeople

A dog-friendly walk from DogPeople
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Calgary, Carn Mor and Carn Beag 8 hard

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This walk is difficult underfoot at times and relies on basic navigation on the hillside.  We would not recommend it is walked without a map and compass (and / or GPS) and appropriate footwear.  All-round views from the tops of the hills make the effort worthwhile.  You and your dogs could encounter sheep or deer in the woods or, more likely, the hillside.  Hamish would have been on his extending lead some of the time when he was young (as he had a great nose and fascination for deer).  You will want to ensure your dog's tick protection is up-to-date.

We walked this from Calgary Farmhouse , one of our dog friendly self catering holiday advertisers (NM 37777 51616) but you could start from Calgary Bay car park about a ¼ mile away or from the woodland car park below (*).

We walked back up the Dervaig road away from the bay past Mornish School House (B&B) just before the start of the woods (1.3 miles from the start).  A short way further on pass a parking area (*) on the left hand side (a sign board showing West Mill Community Woodland Limited when we walked), then after another 100 metres or so TURN RIGHT in a passing place to join a path entering the wood signed to Kilninian.  When we walked trees were down across the path up to an extraction track.  The path continues across a ditch almost on the opposite side of the track.  Follow the path up through the trees noting at least one arrow marker on a tree on the way up.  Look out for arrows pointing right downhill a short way then left uphill again (i.e. a dog-leg slightly lower down).  Follow the path all the way to the top of the wood then over a broken down fence (with a walks marker on one of its posts) to reach the open hillside.  

The ancient path runs through a valley but this open access area is your oyster.  We walked the hill on the right of the path following sheep / deer tracks up alongside a watercourse (and past a wee waterfall) for much of the way up to Carn Mor (we used the right hand bank most of the way well past the waterfall).  After lunch by the cairn on the summit we walked a little west of north to Carn Beagand and Lochan A Chuirn.  After here we recommend you turn north east back down to the tree line and follow the path back down to the road then retrace your route (we found a route back to Calgary Bay but it was not without difficulty!).

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