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Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Gillzajoker » 12 Aug 2019 16:12

Brilliant photos, Dave. Pity yesterday's weather was not as good as today's, then the photos would have been even better. And well done to you both for your mountaineering feat! :D
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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby rdw123 » 12 Aug 2019 16:49

Loving the photos Dave. You both have more stamina than me. I am currently relaxing on Saga Sapphire between Stockholm and Helsinki. Weather has been kinder to me than it has to you. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 13 Aug 2019 17:47

Our plan for today was to climb a mountain called Sgurr an Fhidhleir - The Fiddler, part of the Ben More Coigach range that's 5 miles away and easily visible from the cottage. Looking out of the window this morning, the mountains were shrouded in cloud, but we took a chance and are extremely pleased we did!

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After a slow drive along a very rough, narrow lane we parked and headed up the hillside. Although steep at first, the going got easier, the clouds had mostly passed by, and the views were fantastic the whole way.

Just as we reached the summit, clouds arrived and it poured with rain. We sat it out and after 10 minutes the clouds and rain had gone. It was very windy though! Then we took a great many photos - so what follows are just some that we took at the summit...

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Oh yes, I forgot to mention that just a few metres from the summit is a shear drop of about 500m! With the wind blowing towards the precipice, we were very careful!

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I tried a few panoramic shots...

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The Fiddler wasn't the highest mountain we've climbed, but we had it all to ourselves and the views were the most breathtaking we've seen. Another amazing adventure! :-)

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Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby judgegeoff » 13 Aug 2019 18:32

Wow, just Wow, amazing views. I suspect that you will be returning to this area in future years. :thumbup:
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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Camela » 13 Aug 2019 23:29

Thanks for the redundant clinker built boats Dave ;)
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Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Gillzajoker » 14 Aug 2019 09:10

Abolutely stunning, Dave! :D
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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 14 Aug 2019 09:11

judgegeoff wrote:Wow, just Wow, amazing views. I suspect that you will be returning to this area in future years.
This really is a wonderful area Geoff and we'd love to come back. But we're already thinking of the Lake District for next summer, so perhaps the year after! :-)

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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 14 Aug 2019 09:13

Camela wrote:Thanks for the redundant clinker built boats Dave ;)
I hoped that you'd like them. :-)

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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 14 Aug 2019 15:55

We seem to have adopted a routine of alternating flat(ish) and mountain walks. We did a flat walk today so I'm hoping for a steeper walk tomorrow!

There's a really nice cafe exactly three miles away with views towards a headland called Rubha Dunan (we've stopped at the cafe twice before for cake and coffee). The headland seemed a likely place to spot wildlife so our plan was to walk to the cafe, do a lap of Rubha Dunan, have lunch in the cafe, and walk back - no car required. :-)

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Heading out to the headland:

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Much to our amazement, it wasn't long before we spotted an otter in the sea. It's in the photo below, but almost impossible to make out. I promise that we could see it clearly though!

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I loved the rock slabs!

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More rockyness, with a backdrop of yesterday's mountains. :-)

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We passed a ruined broch and Fred took an arty photo...

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We'd nearly completed the circuit of Rubha Dunan when we finally spotted seals. They were some way off and the zoomed-in phone photo isn't great, but at least you can see them. ;-)

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And finally... an excellent lunch before the walk back to the cottage. :-)

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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 14 Aug 2019 17:56

We've done a fair amount of walking during this holiday, but Fred has covered a greater distance than me. Having avoided running her entire life, about 8 weeks ago she embarked on the 'Couch to 5k' scheme - going running before I even get up in the morning!

Well, she's carried on with the madness while we've been in Scotland and has just completed the course!

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To add to the outstandingness of her achievement, her route from this cottage involves some seriously steep hills!

Fred has now started on the 10km challenge... :-)

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