Sunday, 14 July 2013

Golden days on Loch Shiel

This week I was was working for Shearwater Adventure on a Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition with a difference, exploring the remote beaches and hills around Loch Shiel, on foot and by canoe. Canoe instructor Paul Weller and I knew we'd landed on our feet when we saw the forecast for wall to wall sunshine and settled weather. This is a rare and wonderful thing in Scotland.  When it happens there is nowhere better to be. We were blessed with sunny days, deserted sandy coves, and a Scottish paradise on earth.

We put in at the top of the Loch, at Glenfinnan.
The first evening saw us camped right on the sand of a heavenly beach
The morning mist added a bit of mysticism...
Another day, another blissful beach stop...
We stopped that evening for a two day camp at the entrance to Glen Aladale.
The next day we explored the surrounding hills: highpoint Beinn Odhar Beag

The final morning was also misty and still.
Eerie paddling through the mist back to Glenfinnan
Barely a ripple.

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