Saturday 8 June 2013

Scottish Trip

I've just got back from a terrific two week trip to Scotland. The highlights included climbing ten Munro's (Scottish mountains above 3000 feet), eight of them new ones. We had some great experiences like watching a pair of Golden Eagles soaring above a crag and giving superb views. Also the weather was fantastic - most of the time.

Our base was a lovely cottage in a tiny place called Coulags near Loch Carron. The overnight drive up was quite pleasant, as it was a clear evening with a full moon. We timed the journey perfectly to witness the sun rising and slowly transforming the rugged pyramid of Buachaille Etive Mor from a dark brooding mass into to a lovely warm and welcoming peak. The warm glow of the mountain was the only thing warm, because the temperature was 0°C. This mountain is very popular as a photographic subject, but I don't feel too bad about adding my interpretation as I have actually stood on the top of it.
Buachaille Etive Mor 

It had been a few years since we'd stopped at the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge, so it was fitting to stop and pay our respects especially with all the deaths of serving soldiers in Afghanistan and even at home recently.

The Commando Memorial

I will add accounts of our adventures in future postings, but I can't resist showing you another Ptarmigan photo.

Male Ptarmigan

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