It was a last minute decision as Brent texted and said the weather was a bit better in the West and did I fancy a day on the hill? I am still coughing but needed a wander, the boys Brent and Yeni wanted to do both Corbetts, Sguman Coinntich and Faochaig but I was sure one would be enough for me. It was a slow drive as the A82 was busy but eventually we reached Kintail with the weather getting brighter all the way to the West. The road to Kintail is a grand journey and there is massive changes as many trees are being felled just now giving differing views to familiar places.The great thing about the Corbetts is you enter new areas as see many new places.We followed a great track from Killilan after grand drive up by the sea Loch Long just past Dornie a great trip on its own. The weather was superb and the views wonderful. The boys had a big day ahead and stormed off up the glen following a superb path. Lower down it was a profusion of flowers, primroses, bluebells and violets working hard and enjoying the sun. Eventually I left the path and then up onto the steep ground and onto the main ridge of Sguman Conntich stopping and watching an Eagle watching me! I saw the boys on the summit Yeni who is two weeks off his 70 th is incredible and they waved and were off on the long haul to the other Corbett about 2 hours away! The views from the ridge were great a panorama from Kintail, Affric , Knoydart, Skye and the cone-shaped summit of Bidein a’ Choire Sheasgaich. It is amazing how different the hills can look form an unusual viewpoint. I even managed a 20 minute break in the sun behind the cairn out of the wind in the sun! As I came down the ridge and was very aware of the steep ground as when travelling alone one must be very careful. Worth remembering? I had a fall at the end of the year and my back is till not right, so I took it easy as I had plenty of time. It was here that I got a squall and a wee bit of snow and with the biting North East wind, it kept the mind awake.
I was soon back down on the path and back amongst the flowers for a grand walk back with great views, lots of stops to enjoy where I was and appreciate every minute of the day. I have a good friend who lives nearby Don Shanks “The Laird” a local man who was my Team Leader at RAF Leuchars many years ago. I had a grand couple of cups of tea at their house on the shore of the loch along with Elmas Famous Clouttie Dumpling. The boys were moving well and were texting their progress and wanted a pick up. Don came with me and after a bit of “craick” with the local keeper we managed to get the car up the track and pick the boys up saving them about 5 ks walk out! They were met with more Clouttie Dumpling and non – stop chatter about the our day.. Yeni looked about 40 with a beaming smile and 2 new Corbetts done, an inspiration Don was dropped off at Dornie and we headed back via Lochcarron more magic views and the odd shower and we were soon home. A fun day for all it was great to be out again a bit slower but what a joy to be out in the hills!
“What is this life . if full of care?
We have no time to stand and stare? ”
Wildlife seen today: buzzards, Eagles, Herons, otter, deer, plus so many flowers. Take time on the mountains and wild places and see what is about. If you stop and sit quiet it is incredible what you see and could have missed!