On a good day, Glendrian's setting is idyllic, nestling in a great bowl of land formed by the massive ring dykes of the Ardnamurchan volcano. In this picture its houses can just be seen grouped around a green, grassy area in the centre of the picture. But, for the children of the township, the price of a beautiful but remote setting was a four-kilometre walk to school at the School House at Achosnich, away to the west of them.
From the ridge they descended into Achnaha. It would be good to think that the Achnaha children waited until the Glendrian kids arrived so they could walk the next two kilometres together. The yellow arrows show this section of their route, which climbs the western ridge of the ring dyke, passing through it by Bealach Ruadh, the red pass.
This map shows the Glendrian children's route to school. Measured with a pair of compasses, it's about four kilometres, but this is four kilometres of wickedly hard walking; and, as those of you who know Ardnamurchan's weather can testify, while it would have been a pleasure on a fine day, in a wet, cold, wintry gale the walk would have been a misery.
Glendrian village has a history going back hundred of years, but with their children already having to walk so far to school, when the road was put through Achnaha, missing them, the settlement became even more isolated. It was then only a matter of time before it was abandoned.