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Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby judgegeoff » 05 Aug 2019 15:18

Well, please Dave, don't keep us in suspense, were Fred's socks waterproof? The forum is waiting with bated breath!

Great photos of an amazingly beautiful area, thanks for posting them. So glad that you are having such a wonderful time. :)
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Postby Dave » 05 Aug 2019 16:01

judgegeoff wrote:Well, please Dave, don't keep us in suspense, were Fred's socks waterproof? The forum is waiting with bated breath!

Great photos of an amazingly beautiful area, thanks for posting them. So glad that you are having such a wonderful time. :)

Indeed they were Geoff. :D

Her boots leak a bit and were still wet from yesterday, so she tried the waterproof socks for the first time. They're quite amazing - despite her boots being soggy, her feet remained perfectly dry. :thumbup:
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Postby Gillzajoker » 06 Aug 2019 10:29

So I can see! Absolutely wonderful place - and pics.! (And were the socks waterproof?).
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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 06 Aug 2019 14:32

Gillzajoker wrote:So I can see! Absolutely wonderful place - and pics.! (And were the socks waterproof?).
Please refer to post above! ;-)

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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 06 Aug 2019 15:21

The weather forecast was again for rain so, again, we chose to do a lowish-level walk. Unlike for yesterday though, the forecast was fairly accurate - it rained throughout the walk!

Our plan was to cross Harris from east coast to west coast and back again - at a narrow point of course. :-)

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The rain, many lochs and lochans, soggy ground and no wind meant midges - lots of them! But the walk was still fantastic and took us through the lunar landscape that is so typical of Harris.

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I think this is called 'photo-bombing':

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Fred in her midge net:

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A stream:

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Harris is rocky!

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Postby Gillzajoker » 07 Aug 2019 08:30

Dave wrote:
Gillzajoker wrote:So I can see! Absolutely wonderful place - and pics.! (And were the socks waterproof?).
Please refer to post above! ;-)

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Sorry, hadn't realised the thread had moved on a page! :oops: :lol:

Wonderful pics., despite the weather. (And as she's the missus, she's entitled to be
in the photo, so not really a 'bomb'!) :D
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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 07 Aug 2019 18:11

We took a gamble on the weather for today's walk and it didn't quite pay off! :-(

We began by climbing to the start of a high ridge. Then we walked along the top of the ridge, taking in the summits of Beinn Losgaintir and Beinn Dhubh. We descended to Losgaintir Beach and walked back to the car along the beach and the road.

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The high ridge promised the most spectacular views on Harris. The problem was that once we reached about 1000ft we were in the clouds! We walked for nearly four hours in cloud, rain and wind - and no views whatsoever! The terrain was rocky and boggy and the final descent was very steep. It was a tough walk.

Setting off:

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We were optimistic as we climbed the first hill - the views were wonderful:

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A stone stack, with the end of Losgaintir Bay below:

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The cairn at the first of four peaks - and clouds!

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We sheltered in the shelter at the summit of Beinn Dhubh and ate our bananas. It was extremely wet and windy:

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Beginning the descent from a rocky summit. Apparently, the views from here are (sometimes) amazing!

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As we descended the steep, soggy, boggy and rocky hill the views were revealed:

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But in total contrast to the first part of the walk, the second part was astoundingly good. The beach is unlike any we've seen before - it's truly vast and framed by spectacular mountains. Wow!

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Postby Gillzajoker » 08 Aug 2019 09:02

Good job you are made of sterner stuff than most! And that beach is amazing, not a soul in sight! :D
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Re: Harris and Highlands Adventure: Scotland 2019!

Postby Dave » 08 Aug 2019 17:24

The weather forecast for today was the most promising of the week, but it still rained!

Our walk was around a circular route with three distinct parts. We began with a climb and a spectacular descent along a path between Urgha and Reinigeadal once used three times a week by the postman and twice a week by schoolchildren - and it's a tough four miles! Then we followed a quiet road to Maraig with fantastic views of An Cliseam (the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides). The return leg to Urgha was along the Hebridean Way.

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Looking back from about a mile into the walk, with Tarbert in the distance. It was a steep start!

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It began to rain as we approached the extreme descent with the incredible views:

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The path zig-zags all the way down to sea level:

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Taking a breather at the bottom:

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Fred pointing to the zig-zag path:

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A bit further on we passed through an abandoned settlement:

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The walk along the road was easy and wonderfully scenic. Nearing Maraig, we were treated to a view of An Cliseam with its summit in the clouds (we'd planned to climb it today but weren't confident about the weather!).

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The final section of the walk along the Hebridean Way was brilliant - a steep-sided glen led to a very long loch which stretched all the way back to the car:

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Fred surprised me by taking the lead as we approached cattle! :-)

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The downside of walking alongside a loch is the midges - on went the net!

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An excellent and very scenic walk. :-)

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Postby judgegeoff » 08 Aug 2019 17:44

Great photos of your amazing treks, many thanks for posting. I guess the reason that the settlement was abandoned was not because the residents could not stand the view, it was lovely!
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