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Two Forts Walks, Islay Walking Week 2007

Picture of four walkers

Where has the week gone? We've just returned from the second to last walk of the Islay Walking Week 2007. Only one walk to go! But let me focus on this morning's walk first. After the fantastic weather for the walk on Jura yesterday today was comparably grey. But it was dry and we had the occasional hazy sunshine breaking through. For this morning's walk we set off from the road to Ardtalla just before Kildalton, walking into the low hills on the south coast.

Picture of walkers climbing up to an old hillfort

Tom (covering for Callum who was busy elsewhere) took us to two hill forts and gave us a lot of very interesting history and background about the area. There is a quite large plain, if I remember correctly called ‘deceptive moss’. The ground looks quite solid and excellent to run and attack over. In reality it is very soft and boggy, not good for a charge at all. Something the local people and therefore defenders would have known, possible attackers probably not.

Picture of a group of people at a table having lunch

The hillforts were in excellent locations to defend, on rocky tops with steep sides. Only problem would have been water supply. A very interesting and informative walk, taking us about 3.5 hours. Then it was time for a proper lunch after all the muesli bars and sandwiches during the week. We went to Ardbeg, where we had an excellent lunch. My tuna baguette certainly was very good (and had a generous walkers size).

Not long to the final walk now: We meet at 17:45 at the new car park for Bridgend Woods, leaving at 18:00 for a walk by Keith Findlay. We should finish at approx 20:00 at the Bridgend Hotel, where we'll have soup and sandwiches. As well as probably the odd pint of beer or other beverages. I hope to see a lot of people there!



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