Date & Time: Thursday 1st October 2009. Strontian ( Map ref: NM 811 613 )
Location : Kilcamb Lodge Hotel, Strontian.
Places visited : Strontian, Corran, Glencoe, Ranoch Moor and home.
Walk details : Round the grounds of the hotel early morning.Highest point : Breakfast and all the famous views on the way home..
With : Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Beautiful.
The last day of our holiday and time to leave Strontian . . . but not before a short walk.
Up bright and early . . . as the sun breaks over Creach Beinn and is reflected in the rippled waters of Strontian Bay.
The warm colours are reflected in the stonework of the hotel.
A heron creeps silently along the shoreline in front of the bathing house.
The sunlight this morning is adding warmth to everything.
Loch Sunart . . . as I walk around the shore.
The tide is out this morning and the seaweed covers the loch side,
clinging onto the individual stones to hold their place on the beach.
Another heron is fishing in the river estuary,
the cold morning air causing a mist to rise from the water.
What's that . . . could it be my long lost otter photo ?
" Sorry . . . it's only me ! "
Looking up the river at low tide.
The hills in the background are surrounding the Ariundle Forest walk that we enjoyed yesterday.
A river jetty close to the edge of the hotel grounds.
Back across the wet grass in time for breakfast.
Breakfast over, it's time to pack our bags . . . and theirs.
" Come on you two,. time to go " [ Hold your cursor over the picture to find their reply.]
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With a fine day in prospect, possibly the best of the holiday, we say goodbye to the west coast and start our journey back to Loweswater.
As we cross Ardnamurchan we reach Loch Linnhe and are offered a fine panorama east across the water.
Up ahead is the highest of all the British mountains, Ben Nevis, it's 4365 ft (1343m) summit standing clear in the fine weather.
Head of the queue at Corran for the short ferry crossing to Onich, on the "mainland" side of the loch.
The Corran Ferry is a short six minute ride across the narrowest part of the sea loch.
Chance to look back at Ardnamurchan and the Ardgour peninsulas while we don't have to drive.
Just a little further down the road we just have to stop for one last look.
[ This is more or less a reverse of the earlier panorama. ]
The road ahead will take us east and then south, heading for Loch Lomond and Cumbria.
Above the village of Glencoe, the unmistakable Pap of Glencoe and the western end of the famous Aanach Eagach Ridge.
Loch Achtriochtan as we start the drive up Glencoe.
Stob nan Cabar, the classic mountain view from more or less the head of the pass.
Stob Dearg, more commonly known as Buachaille Etive Mor with it's familiar triangular peak a we leave the valley.
This is the view from near King's House Hotel, where they have a live webcam of the same view.
Crossing Ranoch Moor . . . this is Lock Ba.
It's a wild and desolate place up here and no place to get stuck should the weather turn wintery.
However the fine weather today gives us views of Am Monadh Dubh (2nd hill to the left) with Stob Gabhar and the surrounding hills behind it.
Apart from a coffee break at Loch Lomond, this would be our last stop as we make our way south at the end of our Scottish holiday.
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" If you have been . . . then thanks for watching " as I think Johnnie Morris used to say.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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A previous time up here - 13th to 23rd May 2006 A Scottish Island Holiday