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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Gairloch - Sunday

 We awoke today to fantastic light over to the high mountains stretching across to Torridon. I wasn't for rising but the view was too good to stay in bed. I grabbed the camera and tripod, set up in the garden of the cottage and took what shots i thought were decent.

 There was no breeze and the morning sun had heat in it. This was going to be a nice day, you can just tell. We both felt we should go for a run whilst it was so peaceful and quiet so we changed into running gear and set off. From Gairloch we headed off to Big Sand about 4 miles away and then reversed. There was the odd person about as we passed the SYH but nobody about at the Sands holiday park. It's a lovely site this, more like a golf course than a camping spot and with plenty of shelter if the wind gets up. I presume this is where you set up Louise.

 Back at base Sheila and Dorothy made a cooked breakfast before we set out to walk to Kerry bay and back. About another 4 miles.  We should have booked a boat trip for today because it was a stunningly, clear, hot day. There were even people in the sea. I think they must have been accompanied by psychiatrists because i know i would have to be drunk to go in.

 A coffee and cake at the wonderful Mountain Coffee company went down a treat and a quick look around the shop, so full of interesting books, maps, pictures etc. We headed back to base and spent the late afternoon soaking up the sun. Well it is for the first time this year.
 Again sorry for the lack of images. They just refuse to load at the moment.

 It's now 5.30pm and we are talking about what to have for Tea. The midges are just starting to give us grief and the red dots are appearing at a rapid rate. The sun is losing it's heat as it's now dropping down just to the north of Skye. Cloud, grey cloud is filtering out the rays and it's looking like we have had the best of the day.

 More tomorrow. Forecast not too good.

13 comments:

Louise said...

Yes Alan, we stay at Sands and it's great, but a bit exposed! I don't know how long you are planning to stay for, but if the weather improves and you book a boat trip, I would highly recommend Sam and Ian French at Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre and Cruises. She's lovely and he's extremely knowledgable. The Old Inn and Na Mara are both good places to eat and the museum is good on a wet day. Jealous!!!

Louise said...

Oh, and if you have a sweet tooth, try Sweet opposite the (rather good) butchers.

markswalkingblog said...

Great area to walk and kayak as I did last year. Stayed at Poolewe down the road. Hope you have a good break.

John J said...

Ah, you're safe - good! The wireless-type Radio 4 news has reported an ongoing rescue in the Gairloch area: 4 rescued, 1 missing.

JJ

afootinthehills said...

It's a great area and site but I saw a tent demolished in a strong north westerly a couple of years ago, though it wasn't a mountain tent. Have a fantastic holiday.

Alan R said...

Thanks for the local knowledge Louise. WE will try them all.

Alan R said...

Hi JJ, Yes we are safe. We watched the helicopters and the boats searching yesterday. What a tragedy. I hear that they were not wearing life vests appropriate for that exercise. The loch was like a mill pond yesterday so it would have been easy to get to far away from the shore and as we know the weather and tides change rapidly.

Alan R said...

Hi Gibson, Thanks for that. Its a southerly today but quite fierce on the loch. Can only just make out the Torridon hills with rain sweeping in. We will do a low level walk today.
I can imagine a lot of family tents get blown away here.

Alan R said...

Hi Mark,
We will have a run up to Poolewe while we are here. Glad to see you had good lifevests on not like these poor souls yesterday.

Two Lochs Radio said...

Don't forget you can find out what's on in the local area on Two Lochs Radio, 0730-0900 & 1700-1900 on 106 & 106.6FM.

Alan R said...

Thanks TLR. Been listening with interest already. Hope your internet connection is better than mine. I think it's steam driven.

markswalkingblog said...

Yes, tragic what happened and probably completely avoidable from what I saw on the BBC news today. The water is dangerous even on a calm day without the proper kit.

Alan R said...

They are supposed to be resuming the search today but it's foul out there this morning. I doubt it will happen. I hear they had no buoyancy in the canoe and it wasn't big enough for all of them. How true this is i don't know. Story's, it will become clearer in the next few days.

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