On my first visit to the Isle of Skye in September 2008, I hiked up the hill Sgurr na Coinnich, 739m.
There isn't a path up to the summit, just have to find your way through the heather and up the hillside.
The steep, pathless climb was worth it - but the best bit of the walk? Seeing three Golden Eagles soaring right past us, before they headed onwards towards Kylerhea. Not our first Golden Eagle encounter; we had two fly close by when hiking up Ben Ledi near Callendar a few years earlier.
I'm hoping to hike up nearby Ben Aslak soon.
Here's some pictures from that walk:
View across to Glenelg
The pathless way up
Golden eagles - Thankfully they made a noise,
so I definitely knew they weren't buzzards!View of Broadford and the CuillinsApplecross penninsular and Skye BridgeKyle of Lochalsh
I went for a walk in the Ochil Hills yesterday morning. It was a glorious day with blue sky, warm sunshine and a fabulous landscape.
I came across some Peacock Butterflies sunning themselves on a patch of thistles. There were lots of them flying about, interspersing the pink and fluffy cotton heads of the thistles with their bright orange/red wings.