TIORAM CASTLE SILVER WALK
CASTLE TIORAM AND THE SILVER WALK
Distance: 5.5 kilometres
Time: 3.5 hrs
Map Sheets: Explorer 390, Landranger Sheet 40
Walk Grade: Moderate - involves some easy hillwalking on low hills or perhaps the traverse of unpathed terrain over undulating terrain. An excellent but long walk. This walk can be extended to take in the deserted township of Port a' Bhata (Bay of the Boat). Circular route. This is one of those special walks that you will remember and talk about.
Castle Tioram and the Silver Walk. The castle is thought to originate from the thirteenth century and was the home of the MacRuaris, one of the main branches of the descendants of Somerled, the original Lord of the Isles, who first united the western isles and the Hebrides.
The origin of the Silver Walk name came about due to a hoard of Elizabethan silver coins which were found when the estate workers were creating and clearing a path.
This is a remarkable path which traverses the coastline, and the route takes you up and down rocky steps and paths, some with steep drops on the side.
This is a walk that is well worth the effort with excellent views all round a must on anyone's list of trails.
The fortunes of war and history were not always kind to Castle Tioram. It was attacked during a Clan dispute in 1554 and captured by Oliver Cromwell in 1651. In 1715 it was burned by the Jacobites to prevent it from being used by Government forces.
The walk can be extended to take in the deserted township of Port a'Bhata (Bay of the Boats) it first appears in the records in the early 18th century. In 1841 nine households were recorded in the census, by 1871 only one house was occupied.
The township was cleared to make way for sheep around 1846.