Yesterday promised some good weather so we prepared a picnic lunch and drove to the Forestry Commission car park near Kinloch Lodge. The 7km walk’s goal was Leitir Fura and abandoned village in Kinloch Forest with a beautiful view towards the entrance to Loch Hourn. The name translates from Gaelic as ‘oak on a slope’ and refers to two specific oak trees that grew in the village: Fura Mhòr (Great Oak) and Fura Bheag (Little Oak). According to legend Fura Mhòr, which was so big that 50 people could sit in its shade, was accidentally set alight by some children of the village and as a punishment the whole village was evicted. What is certain is that by 1800 the village was deserted and many of the inhabitants had emigrated to Nova Scotia.
There were many beautiful views and little waterfalls along the walk.
We also had a good view of Ornsay, its lighthouse and Knoydart in the background. The light was built in 1857 and was automated in 1962. In 1966 Gavin Maxwell bought the adjoining cottage.