It’s the little things that matter. A memory of the Island of Eigg 2016.

Most days I catch up with my Grandchildren (they are down South) how I miss them. These are strange times we are in. Thank goodness for modern technology where we can keep in touch. It’s the same with my sister in Ayr as we always text or speak daily.

I have an elderly friend a lady I phone every day she is isolated in a room in a care home locally. Her family live abroad and we have a daily chat. She is well looked after but very lonely at times like many others but coping. I managed to drop of some little luxuries to make her life a bit better and cheer her up. It must be hard for her but she copes.

I have also been in touch with a lot of pals I have not heard from for ages. Its good to catch up. The weather makes things a lot easier I get out on my mountain bike in my local forest where I see few folk. I also have a huge beach so I am so privileged to live here. My neighbours are good and we check on each other daily.

I enjoy my daily cycle the weather has been so good. I do not rush and enjoy things I never noticed before. Most days I hear a woodpecker in the forest or watch the birds diving in the sea. The other day I missed the Dolphins in Hopeman harbour a unique experience.

Please stay in touch with the elderly and lonely. Make that call or send a card to someone we love or miss. It’s amazing how much it will mean to them.

Every day I can see Ben Wyvis across the Moray Firth its shedding its snow and Morven snow less but what a prominent peak in this good weather. It’s hard to see them daily but how I miss the hills but I know I will be back on them one day.

Today’s memory: I was on a Moray Mountaineering Club Weekend to Eigg. I nearly did not go it was an early start for the ferry and there had been a lot of snow. I doubt I will ever get a trip like this when on the 29 April 2016 the Island of Eigg was covered in snow when we arrived. We climbed the Sgurr in snow after we sorted out the bothy it was an incredible day. I am so glad I went.

Climb to the top of the incredible and unique Sgurr of Eigg for truly fantastic views over the other Small Isles and across to Skye and Ardnamurchan. The route is fairly straightforward given the formidable appearance of the Sgurr, but it does involve a steep climb and very simply rocky scrambling along the ridge – care is needed.


Eigg is one of the Small Isles, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It lies to the south of the Isle of Skye and to the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Eigg is 9 kilometres long from north to south, and 5 km east to west. With an area of 12 sq mi, it is the second largest of the Small Isles after Rùm.

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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