Today was one of those days that make the option of moving to this part of the world seem a very attractive option. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, bright sun, not to warm, a refreshing gentle breeze now and then, different shades of green replacing the brown on the hills, birdsong, many cuckoos, etc. I know, I know: Scotland only has three of these days a year (that’s not true, we’ve had more in the last 4 weeks.), it rains a lot (it does too where I live now), it can get lonely (true I only saw two other people the whole day, but that’s not a bad thing.)
I chose a local walk of about 15km, which had some white beaches at the end. While I was tramping through the beautiful scenery I could not stop smiling, spring does that sometimes. Though there were no very steep bits, the path was still very boggy in places and small detours had to be made. It was an excellent 6 hour cardio-vascular workout (well 5 if you don’t count the breaks.)
Like in many beautiful places in Scotland the evidence of the clearances is still around.
I took a short break sitting in the shadow of some Scots Pine along the shore of Loch A Ghlinne. The Clan MacDonald manage this area, protecting the woodland by keeping out sheep and deer. I could easily imagine being in some jungle far away.
Near the coast was another ruin. It looked as if the gable end on the other side was deliberately destroyed to prevent anyone endangering themselves by using it as a bothy. Pity, it would have been better to make it safe.
At the coast there were some lovely bays and beaches with white sand. They provided a great view of the Cuillins.