Scotland, Winter 2012

For our late winter holiday we decided to repeat last years trip. The first week we spent at But 'n' Ben cottage in Stronaba and the second week at Victoria Cottage in Shieldaig. The weather was superb for nearly all of the holiday, except the first two wet days, which were followed by lots of sunshine ( unusual for March ). This meant we were able to get some good walking in as well as some 'sitting out in the sun with friends' time.

We climbed Meall na Teanga ( one of the Loch Lochy munros ), Gleouraich from Loch Quoich and Maol Chean-dearg again, as the weather was perfect for the views from the summit ( unlike the year before ). We also walked from the Witches' Pool waterfalls in Glen Arkaig to the bothy at Invermallie and from Attadale House up to Loch an Iasaich in Glen Attadale. In the evenings we had some excellent views of the dark night sky, something which is always a treat as we can't enjoy this from home.

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Hadrian's Wall at Birdoswald, on our journey up to Scotland Heading up the Cam Bhealach to Meall na Teanga Meall na h-Eilde from Meall Dubh Linda at the summit of Meall na Teanga
Linda and Loch Lochy, summit of Meall na Teanga Ben Nevis and Loch Linnhe from Meall na Teanga Meall na h-Eilde from Meall na Teanga Linda in the stalker's lair, Gleouraich
Linda at the summit, Gleouraich Looking along the ridge to 'The Spidean', Gleouraich The summit cairn, Gleouraich Silver Birch by Loch Quoich
Sgurr Mor from Loch Quoich Sgorr Ruadh from the Coulags path Sgorr Ruadh and the Coire Fionnaraich Bothy Approaching Maol Chean-dearg
Linda and Beinn Damph from the ridge, Maol Chean-dearg Beinn Damph from the ridge, Maol Chean-dearg Liathach from the ridge, Maol Chean-dearg Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgorr Ruadh from the ridge, Maol Chean-dearg
Linda enjoying the view from the summit, Maol Chean-dearg Linda, Liathach and Beinn Eighe Beinn na h-Eaglaise and Beinn Alligin Loch an Eion from the summit, Maol Chean-dearg
Sgorr Ruadh and Fuar Tholl The descent from the summit, Maol Chean-dearg An Ruadh-stac from the descent, Maol Chean-dearg Venus, the Moon and Jupiter ( although you have to look hard to see it!! )
Early morning and Shieldaig Island Loch an Iasaich, Glen Attadale Loch an Iasaich, Glen Attadale Looking down Glen Attadale towards Lochcarron
Wellington's Nose - alias Fuar Tholl, from near Stromeferry Loch Carron from near Stromeferry