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Sunset & Stars

Date:
March 31, 2021
A Walk to Castle Dounie. A very scenic walk from Crinan Harbour through woodland and forest up to the amazing viewpoint of Castle Dounie, the remains of an Iron Age Fort. A fantastic spot to watch the sun set over Jura and the Inner Hebrides.
Although the walk is mainly on tracks and paths a reasonable degree of fitness is required as there are some steep uneven sections, particularly near the beginning and end of the walk. Part of the walk is undertaken as the evening moves from dusk to night.
  • Stunning scenery and an Iron Age Fort
  • Spectacular views over the Sound of Jura
  • West Coast Sunsets are superb, this is a fantastic spot to see them
  • A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy nature and amazing vistas
  • Your guide will ensure you can enjoy the view and safely return in the dark
  • We can’t promise a sunset or stars every time BUT you will have a wee nighttime adventure.

The 4 mile walk starts from Crinan Harbour carpark heading along the shoreline before ascending via a steep path through woodland to meet forestry tracks above. The route then wends its way to the summit of Castle Dounie, with glimpses of the sea and the possibility of seeing wildlife on the way. The iron age fort commands a superb view over the Sound of Jura towards Jura, the Inner Hebrides and the famous Corryvreckan, the third largest whirlpool in the world. If very lucky, pods of dolphin or whales, or even basking sharks, might be spotted far below. Watching the sunset from here is a privilege that heartens the soul. We then wend our way back staying closer to the coast to gain the last light and catch the first of the stars before donning headtorches to descend back down through the woods.

The views from Castle Dounie are truly lovely; I can spend hours just enjoying the view until every ray of sun has disappeared.

All guided walks include the following:
  • Your friendly qualified guide for the duration of your walk
  • Group Safety Equipment
  • Emergency First Aid Kit
  • Walk joining information
  • Kit List
  • Friendly advice
Guided circular walk to watch the sunset from Castle Dounie with a bonus for the intrepid to take in the sunset from the adjoining ridge of Creag Mhor.
  • Stunning scenery and an Iron Age Fort
  • Spectacular views over the Sound of Jura
  • West Coast Sunsets are superb, this is a fantastic spot to see them
  • A lovely way to spend an evening and enjoy nature and amazing vistas
  • Your guide will ensure you can enjoy the view and safely return in the dark
  • We can’t promise a sunset or stars every time BUT you will have a wee nighttime adventure.
Half Day
Beginner
Grade 2-3 Leisurely to Moderate
* See below for more information
2-8

Additional Information:

Make this a private booking

All our activities can be booked for private groups as bespoke experiences.

Prices and terms & conditions for bespoke experiences apply.

Not dog friendly

Unfortunately, although we welcome well behaved dogs on most of our walks (and you may well meet our trusty team member and Collie, Rowan).

This walk is unsuitable for dogs, either due to land restrictions or otherwise.

Please see our alternatives walks if you wish to bring your furry friend.

Not suitable for children

Although we do not recommend this level for children please check with us if your child is over 12, used to walking at this grade and has the right equipment.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (see terms)

Women only option

All our activities can be booked for women only groups either as bespoke experiences or where advertised.

Guided circular walk to watch the sunset from Castle Dounie with a bonus for the intrepid to take in the sunset from the adjoining ridge of Creag Mhor.
Price:
£ 0.00 GBP

Walk Grades

Grade 1 - Easy

Relaxed walks on mainly flat or graded paths and tracks within easy access of a road/parking with little or no steep ground. These walks are designed to take in a specific tourist site or experience - perhaps to visit a ruined scottish castle, wildlife centre or ancient carved stones - and are suitable for a wide range of abilities, typically never more than 3 miles or 2 hours of walking.

Grade 2 - Leisurely

Leisurely walking on paths and tracks with occasional steep or uneven sections or steps. Designed to offer an immersive and relaxing experience connecting with nature and the outdoors these walks help promote wellbeing and may include walks around lochs, along beaches, through woodland and glens, to visit a specific historic or geological site, to learn about foraging for wild plants or to reach viewpoint. These are suitable for a wide range of abilities and are typically 3 to 6 miles with up to 5 hours of walking and 300m of ascent and descent.

Grade 3 - Moderate

Expect a full day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain. There are likely to be some steep or uneven sections or steps. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include easier hill summits, coastal walks, sections of long distance trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track and sunset walks. Walks are typically 6 to 8 miles with 4 to 6 hours of walking and no more than 600m of ascent and descent.

Grade 4 - Hard

An active day of walking using a mixture of paths, tracks and over mixed terrain which is likely to have steep rough sections. These walks are suited to those used to being active and may include hill summits, coastal sections with a lot of ascent and descent, remoter areas, longer sections of trails such as the Kintyre Way, visiting sites off the beaten track, trig point hunters and Wainwright baggers. Walks are typically 7 to 12 miles with 5 to 8 hours of walking and up to 800m of ascent and descent.

Grade 4 - Challenging

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths but is likely to include rugged steep pathless terrain, requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the easier Munros and Corbetts, the higher Lakeland and Welsh fells, challenges such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks and long distance backpacks such as the Coast to Coast or Pennine Way. Distances vary but are typically 10-25 miles with ascents of up to 1600m. A full days walking may take anything from 6 to12 hours.

Grade 6 - Severe

A full day of walking over varied ground, which may incorporate a mixture of tracks and paths, rugged steep and rough pathless terrain, exposed ridges and non-technical scrambles requiring advanced skills, good fitness and stamina. Walks at this level are usually either long distance, which may or may not incorporate good paths, or in remote and mountainous areas. Typical walks include the harder or more remote Munros and Corbetts, routes such as Striding Edge in the Lake District, high level or remote long distance backpacks or ultra long distance events. Distances vary but are often over 15 miles with ascents often exceeding 1000m. An example is the Patterdale Round which takes in 17 Wainwrights, is 30 miles and has over 3000m of ascent. A full days walking may take anything from 8 to16 or more hours.

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