Saturday 30 July 2016

Munro Bagging in the Mamores, Day 7.

Sadly it was time to return home, but as we drove up Glen Coe the week finsished as it began with some photography of the Buachaille, know affectionately as 'The Buckle'.  Then it was home with one brief stop to photograph Ben Lomond from the lochside.

Friday 29 July 2016

Munro Bagging in the Mamores, Day 6.

After an excellent night's sleep we woke with the sunrise and were soon out and enjoying the views.  It was a fabulous morning enhanced by wonderful heath spotted orchids and cloudberry colouring the hillside.  One of the joys of wild camping is that it is possible to spend the night high on the mountainside and, if the weather gods smile, enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  After the photography we were quickly packed and heading back down to Kinlochleven, where the support team picked us up and whisked us back to the caravan for coffee.

Not wanting to waste such a beautiful day we decided to explore the shores of the loch and have lunch out.  We struck lucky and, although the pub we chose seemed a tad basic the cullen skink was to die for.  A little further along we came across yet more red deer stags by the road side.  They were incredibly tame and allowed for some close up photography.  They were still 'in velvet'; their antlers still growing and covered with velvety skin, which would later be sloughed off leaving the antlers hard and ready for the Autumn rut.

Art gallery and craft shops followed and we enjoyed excellent views of our two mountains from the first day's walking from across the loch, finally with their heads out of the clouds.  Tea and stickies was a must before returning to the van for a welcome evening meal.  To finish the week we were treated to excellent sunset views along the loch.