Yesterday it was a quick turn round from the weekend in Ardgour to see my pal
Pete and Ally who were staying in Elphin. They had rented a wee cottage and invited me over. It’s about 3 hours to Elphin from my house and despite my gear getting soaked from the weekend I got sorted.
My gear was soon dry and washed and sorted out and the drive up to Ullapool was magical but the light was hazy with a strange light about. There was also a lot of wind.
At least it was dry and I stopped for a brew at another pals house Mark near Ben Wyvis where we had a catch up. Ben Wyvis still had some snow and his garden full of Hinds watching us.
It was then a drive along to Inverael and a short walk in the forest to stretch the legs. I had never stopped here but decided to have a break.
This wee Forest was well worth visiting and the trees looking immense so many types all named for your education by the forestry . I had this all to myself spoiled or what. How many times have I driven by here.
Just past the forest I picked up a young German hitchhiker heading for Elphin and Suilven he was in luck so in went his huge bag in the van and he got a lift.
He was on a 3 year course in Fort William on tourism and was hoping to camp on Sulliven.
From here we drove to a busy Ullapool where we stopped showing him the hills. The weather was still hazy but the mountains looked stunning.
Pete and Ally were planning scrambling on Cull Beag nearby on Lurgain Edge in the wind it would be exciting.
I dropped of our young lad to his adventures off he set on the path he would have fun. I called Pete on the phone they were on the top of Cull Beag the wind was blowing in the background and I drove back round to meet them.
The views as always were stunning on the drive and they were just off the hill at the car after a great adventure.
Ally had enjoyed her first big scramble even in the wind and their faces were windburned but they were so happy. This is what the mountains to me are about.
It was great to hear Ally thoughts on the climb it takes you through wild country but she was buzzing and it was lovely to hear of her adventure.
It was then back to their lovely cottage at Elphin for a super tea and a catch up. It was great to see Pete again I was on Everest with him in 2001 and Ally was great company he is a lucky guy.
We must have bored her with tales but it was a great night.
There was no sunset sadly last night the great peak of Suilven dominates with a pink glow around it and I stood listening to the wind and watched the hills fade into the darkness.
What a place I love it.