We had 24mm of rain last night, so we chose what we'd hoped would be a fairly dry walk, along the path which passes Achosnich schoolhouse and joins the Portuairk-Sanna track. The schoolhouse path has recently been upgraded, and we were interested to see how well it had survived a fairly wet winter.
The answer is that it has survived remarkably well. The gravel surface remains in good condition, partly because the contractors ensured that surface water was diverted off the gravel, and the small burns routed so they either passed underneath the path or, as seen here, were crossed by stepping stones.
The most serious damage was likely to be on the steeper parts but the rocks set across the path to divert water off it have worked extremely well. Not that all the path is gravelled, some isn't, so it isn't an easy walk, but it certainly leads to....
....some fine views, even on a grey day, to Portuairk and....
....across the beautiful beaches of Sanna to the Small Isles.
We didn't turn down the tracks to either Sanna or Portuairk, but climbed into the high land to the east of the schoolhouse path before turning back towards the car. This route gave us views across the glen of the Sruthan Bhraigh nan Allt to Achosnich township (right) and down onto the old school house (left).
As a settlement, Achosnich is a shadow of its former self, with a permanent population today of four. As a comparison, the 1841 census recorded a total of 18 households and 82 people - farmers, cotters, agricultural labourers, a shoemaker, and a retail trader.
We walked along the ridge until the Sonachan came into sight, then dropped down to the bridge that crosses the burn. At this point winter returned, with sleet followed by a heavy hail shower. But when we returned to Ormsaigbeg, the sun came out and we were back to another promise of spring.