Summer’s arrived at last

Or at least, we’ve had 4 days of sunshine and no rain. We’re well aware that may be all the summer that’s been alloted the Highlands this year and are prepared to don our winter woolies again at a moments notice!

Despite the bad weather we’ve been having a great time in the far north. We left Edinburgh after a week of checking out areas for later flat hunting, sailing (John), a hen party (Rachel) and generally enjoying getting to know the city we’ll be living in soon.

From the capital we headed up to Aviemore in the Cairngorms for just one night (picking up two hitch hikers on the way, which was nice) before crossing to Ullapool and the north west. The scenery up here is absolutely jaw dropping. We have to make sure to switch driving regularly so we both get a good chance to stare out the window! A particular highlight was the Corrieshalloch gorge, just at the Braemore junction – a stunning waterfall with a rather wobbly suspension bridge over it!

A few good walks for me in Ullapool while John caught up on a bit of freelance editing and then the sun came out. This totally lulled me into a sense of false security and I promptly decided that we needed to swim in Loch Broom. Well, that was short lived… At about mid-calf height the agony from shrinking capillaries in our rapidly freezing feet was intense. So we staggered back out as quickly as we could travel over kelpy rocks. Not exactly tropical sands but I’m determined to get a wild swim in at some point on this trip.

We’re in the Assynt mountains now, wild camping (parking?) just off the road to Lochinver. We did an absolutely brilliant walk today on Quigan – an amazing knife edge ridge with fantastic exposure and gorgeous views. Tomorrow we head to Sandwood Bay, Cape Wrath and Durness. We’re hoping to do a day of sea kayaking at some point but also have our fingers crossed for the weather to hold so we can lie on the beach for a day too. It’s hard work being homeless and unemployed!

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2 Responses to Summer’s arrived at last

  1. Robert says:

    I think the Irish blessing is called for …….
    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    May the rain fall soft upon your fields.
    And, until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  2. Paul, Hilary, Chris says:

    It’s good to read of your continuing adventures – very envious of your time on the Western Isles!

    Paul has just come back from Hay literary Festival. Did you know their is now an Independent newspaper sponsored Philosophy and Music festival at Hay at the same time as the literary festival (I certainly didn’t). I really do think i’ll be headed to it next year. If you’d like the web link just let me know.

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