Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Scotland 2015 Day 18, Grass Point, Loch Spelve and Lochbuie

Today has been the best day of weather so far, certainly on Mull.  After a fairly relaxed start and in excellent light, though very windy conditions, we wandered along round Craignure Bay towards Duart Castle looking, once more, but in vain for the local otters, although we did spot a pair of whimbrel.  It was a fabulous walk and I managed photos of more oystercatchers, a thrush busy at its anvil and, finally, common sandpiper.
After lunch it was time to head south west from Craignure, first to Grass point and then along Loch Spelve to Lochbuie.  At Loch Don we came across a pair of red deer stags in velvet resting, of all places, on the salt marsh.  Although our time at Grass Point was brief, due to parking restrictions, we enjoyed fabulous views to the island of Lismore and up Loch Linnhe to the big mainland munros.  We fondly remembered our time cycling on Lismore twenty years ago when the children were small and Beth helped Heather with the cycling by pushing from the child seat.  That holiday was also the year when Thomas entered his first mountain bike race, enjoying a trip back in the ‘broom wagon’!!!  How times have changed!!  From Grass Point we drove along Loch Spelve, getting excellent close views of a pair of golden eagles and also images of curlew.
We were really impressed at locbuie to find a small gift shop and cafe with help yourself and an honesty box.  The views out to the island of Colonsay were wonderful and we enjoyed the experience of watching my first ever sight of a sea plane.  We walked to Moy Castle and on to Laggan Sands before heading home in brilliant evening light for tea and sunset photos up the Sound of Mull.

Iona tomorrow.  Concrake??

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