Wet, wild in Assynt

The weather was as forecast wild, driving rain, mist it was awful, No views at all. Arriving in the afternoon and the climbing/coffee shop in Ullapool we made our way to Elphin and the Naismith hut. No great views of the majestic Suilven covered in mist and now more driving rain. The hut though is superb and we soon had all the kit sorted and went for a wander. We ended up at Achmelvic beach just passed Lochinver no crowds today just white sands and wonderful waves a place of great beauty even on a day like this. We took the usual photos and drunk it all in. I spent a lovely day here in the summer,sitting on the rocks and enjoying the sea I even went for swim. Not today it was very cold and wild . This is a place to visit and camp, there is a Youth Hostel as well and I stayed here a few times what a situation. It is closed for the winter but what a situation it is in. Add to this the fish and chip van that was there in the Summer and this could be as near as heaven as one can get in a good day. Today it was fine and a few minutes spent listening to waves and watching the white horses on the sea and short walk and then off to Stoer before the daylight was lost. In late November it is dark by 1600.

When I was up many times in the past you did not have time to look around. Always chasing a climb or a day on the hill. The Stoer road is a single track and you pass familiar crofts and houses usually on the way to climb the famous Old Man of Stoer scene of a few adventures in the past, this is a wonderful Sea Stack that is a must for all climbers. There is a story or two in the Stoer. Eventually we got to the Lighthouse and it was getting dark the light was beaming in the mist. We had a wander. Looked at the huge cliffs and the sea crashing below it was easy to see that ships can have an epic here! There was no views today and we headed back to the hut the tight road and the rain pouring down. The forecast came over the radio later – high winds , rain and mist more of the same. Who cares, a dry bothy and a good laugh see what tomorrow brings!

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About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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