Plockton visit and meeting great friends and a interesting lass from Islay .

I am visiting two good pals staying at the Old Station House at Plockton. It is a wonderful location and we get about 6 trains a day! The folk think our house is still part of the set up and it is so amazing who you meet.

The bunkhouse is the big White building on the left and our house is on the right by the platform! I stayed in the Bunkhouse on a Nre Year meet in the past what a place to be. It was New Year and the village was amazing.

It is an incredible place to stay and we have already met so many grand folk both local and visitors.

Today we went for a wander to a cove past the Plockton Airstrip a place I know well from my Mountain Rescue days! The Wessex helicopter used to use it for training the aircrews and to refuel after call outs and I stayed in the village a few times after the odd hairy call out in Skye.

We went down to a secluded beach this morning with my mate Lyle and Judy and Byron the dog and had a great day. My foot is a mess after the day on the hill on Sunday as I have torn my toe so have to take it easy. It was a great wander and we enjoyed the views of Skye, sun and the sea.

It was magic views the sea and the hills and we met a lovely young lass Eleanor from Islay who is at present at the Outdoor College at Fort William. She is here to gain some work kayaking with a local company and gave us a tour of possible places to spot wildlife especially the otters. It was great to see such enthusiasm for the wild places from someone so young and we all enjoyed her company.

It was then a big chat about her life in Islay

and hopefully we will meet up this week. We loved to hear her plans for the future and how she loves climbing biking and kayaking. She was brought up in a special place Islay and loved it there and still does.

We spent most of the day there then a shower came on the skies darkened and we headed home!

Lyle showed me the shop as in the photo a great honesty shop and the jams and Chutney are magic .

We met some Norwegians eating for the train who had come on holiday here in 1972 and were back on a trip! They gave us a drink and we had a great laugh!

Life in the West.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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