Friday, 27 November 2009

Point of Sleat Walk

The walk took us about 3.5 hours, including a play with the dog for a while at the beach! It starts along a track from Aird of Sleat, which gives good views to Eigg and then Rum. There were also great views of the mainland, including Mallaig and the Ardnamurchan peninsular.



Eventually, you turn left off the track at the signpost directing you to the Point of Sleat. This part of the walk was extremely boggy in places, but the views were outstanding. We couldn't have had a better day, maybe a bit more sun, but even the Cuillins were cloud-free!


The beach at Camas Daraich


The Cuillins


Rum


Sheep at Point of Sleat, Rum in the background


View to the mainland


After we stopped for lunch by the lighthouse at the Point of Sleat, we took a detour down to the white sandy beach at Camas Daraich, the water turquoise even with no sunshine. I saw a seal popping its head up a couple of times.



The seal - I had the camera on the wrong settings as I had been playing around with them and the seal appeared so quickly I panicked and forgot to put the settings back, so it didn't come as clear as it could have.


You can see the full walking route on the Walk Highlands website.


Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Skye Cuillins From Ord

I stayed at Ord during my week on Skye, and the first morning I saw the Cuillins were cloud-free I went down to the beach to take some photos.

Views of the Cuillins and Bla Bheinn across Loch Eishort





View looking back down the Ord road

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Armadale, Skye

15 November

Revisited Armadale on the Sleat peninsular of Skye. There are fantastic views (on a clear day!) across to the peaks of Knoydart and to Mallaig. The walks within Armadale Castle are also worth doing, the nature walk has a couple of good view points across the Sound of Sleat.

View to Knoydart




Enormous fungi growing on a tree trunk


Ruins of Armadale Castle


View towards Mallaig


Looking across the harbour by the pier

Monday, 23 November 2009

Enroute to Skye - 14 Nov 2009

A couple of photos taken enroute to the Isle of Skye.

Looking back to the snow-capped Nevis mountains



Loch Garry in the mid-afternoon light

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Meall Chuaich - 951m (3120ft)

November 2006 and April 2008
The first time we tried to hike the munro Meall Chuaich, near Dalwhinne, there was snow on the ground, getting deeper as we gained altitude. We didn't make it to the top, due to lack of daylight hours and my tired legs after trudging through knee-high snow! The scenery looked very beautiful though, cloaked in white.






Our second attempt at Meall Chuaich was more successful. The snow was above 900m, which made walking a lot easier for most of the hike than the previous attempt.

Visibility was excellent on that day, with clear views of the Cairngorms.

An inquisitive red grouse


View to the Cairngorms

View to Loch Ericht and Ben Alder, etc