A great journey home from Mallaig – superb views but no hills and rubbish left by fly tippers.

I was up early even after the extra hours as the clocks went back and had a super breakfast in the West Highland Hotel and great company after my Coastguard lecture in Mallaig. I had hoped to get two new Corbetts done and needed all the daylight  so I was heading up the road by 0835. It was a clear day with the Islands looking good but it was not great light as I left but no sunrise as I hoped, what a place to view these special places but I will be back. I left the Coastguards of for the day outside doing various exercises, they would have a busy and interesting day ahead.

Mallaig Harbour

Mallaig Harbour

The drive back was great the hills were clear and despite the rain previously were dry and the hills. lochs and cliffs that were looking spectacular. I had hoped to climb two Corbetts on the way home weather permitting the Corbetts Beinn Odhar Bheag (882m)
Beinn Mhic Cedidh (783m) but my back was playing up and by the time I got out of the car park I could hardly walk, an old injury after years carrying stretchers and big bags. I tried a short walk but no way, I was really upset as it was a wonderful day. 

The Glenfinnian Monument

The Glenfinnan Monument.

I still had a fair drive and would have to take it easy and stop a bit so I went off after a short walk at Glenfinnan these wonderful hills of few paths and wild country will  have to wait. What a country of superb wild hills with few paths and steep hills and at this time of year with the colour of the grass wonderful.

The rubbish near the layby at Loch Laggan tragic with old tyres a fridge and so much trash - a tragedy?

The rubbish near the lay-by at Loch Laggan tragic with old tyres a fridge and so much trash – a tragedy?

The Ben was covered in mist above 3000 feet and I went on to Loch Laggan and stopped in the lay-by near the big sands and was shocked at the rubbish thrown and fly tipped in such a bonny spot. Does anyone have a contact that we can clear it up? I have now reported it we will see what happens?

http://www.highland.gov.uk › Rubbish and recyclinginformation on how to report flytipping and rubbish dumping.
What view spoiled and any idea what are the tracks on the sand? Off road?

What view spoiled and any idea what are the tracks on the sand? Off road?

I love this view of Ardverikie but what a mess its in and what a disgrace that people fly -tip in such an area of beauty. I also noticed the tracks to the river and wonder what happens here, is it the off road drivers?  Maybe they could collect the rubbish from the lay – by and get it to a dump?

Any takers?

In another two hours I was soon home with a very sore back and will have to take it easy for a few days. I was sorry I had missed a great day out but with the clocks going back and dark at 1700  it there was no way I could manage these great hills in the sate I was in. I am so looking forward to getting these hills done.

So many hills so little time.

So many hills so little time.

It was really great to meet the Coastguards and get a few invites to some special places on the Islands As for the back such is life but when I  got home I watched “Still Game”  that great Scottish comedy with some social issues cleverly added,  what wonderful viewing and magic laugh even with a bad back.

Must get sorted it is raining so it may be a wet slow walk today?

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 when body slows, loves the wild places.
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