Ben Wyvis Blog
It was off early for a wee radio chat for Radio Scotland with the Out Of Door pair Ewan McIlwraith and Mark Steven and we met at the car park at Ben Wyvis. It was for a wradio show that may go out in two weeks. These two are great fun and few know Scotland like them. We met up and the weather was fine and after we left the shelter of the trees and on to the open slopes the colours and views of the hills were excellent. The Fannichs hills were clear and An Teallach also looking proud. We stopped regularly to talk and the views got better apart from the wind farms above the Aultguish Inn. It is a great time of year to be out with the bracken a golden brown and the trees lower done a bright yellow shedding their leaves. The path is excellent and Ben Wyvis is Inverness and Dingwalls local hill and we met three people all day. The wind was getting up and after a brew and more chat we headed of. I was heading for Assynt and the Moray Mountaineering Club meet at Inchnadampth up on the North West. The “Long and winding road” was played all the way up to Inchnadampth as the weather changed every 5 minutes.
I had lunch in Ullapool and met Cameron MacNeish, Paul Tatershill and Richard Else who were filming but the weather was poor so we had a chat and caught up. I then headed off to Assynt and the views were good but the weather was changing and I wanted to get there before dark.
I stopped off to see Helen at Inchnadamph who looks after the local church and I had a cd of the Assynt Anson Crash for her telling the tale of an Anson Aircraft that crashed locally near Ben More Assynt. She was in great form and loved the Remembrance day cd. We had a great catch up and then headed over the road to the Hostel where we are staying at Inchnadampth.
The weather is getting a bit wild but the Hostel is comfy with a wood fire. During the evening nearly 30 arrived from all over and they were saying the stags were down on road in the dark, be careful at this time of year. A few had a late night with the fiddles and Guitars and left them about 1230 still going strong. The stags were noisy outside and the forecast not too bad for a walk.