Wow, What A Day!

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.)

Spring Blossom

Spring Blossom

 

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.

Ruin Near Loch A Ghlinne

Ruin Near Loch A Ghlinne

 

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.

Scots Pine

Scots Pine

 

Scots Jungle

Scots Jungle

 

Loch A Ghlinne #2

Loch A Ghlinne #2

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.

Ruin Near Loch A Ghlinne #2

Ruin Near Loch A Ghlinne #2

 

Wall Of Ruined House

Wall Of Ruined House

At the coast there were some lovely bays and beaches with white sand. They provided a great view of the Cuillins.

White Beach At Inver Dalavil

White Beach At Inver Dalavil

 

Cuillins And White Clouds

Cuillins And White Clouds

 


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2 Comments

  1. fred April 28, 2014 at 06:55 #

    Ik zeg doen !

  2. Ruud April 28, 2014 at 12:25 #

    Easier said than done, Fred. First we’ll have spend a few weeks in Scotland during the winter. See if we can hack it in the rain. And then maybe a few weeks at the height of the midge season, to see how we cope with that. It’s definitely an option, though!

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