The Letterewe Range
Dawn and Buster and I headed off up the Leathad Daraich Pass to try and capture the sunrise. No red sky to welcome this day but as the sun climber above Slioch and Meal Mheiiidh we caught those first rays of morning sunlight.
A morning that just got better and better
Yesterday we had moved further north from Skye to Loch Ewe and Poolewe…trouble is on route you could be persuaded to pause to enjoy the ever changing scenery….
From Loch Dughaill in Strath Carron….
To Loch Maree in the shadows of a cloud kissed Slioch.
Our home for the next few days would be on the shores of Loch Ewe. Tranquil today yet in the WW2 it was a ‘safe harbour’ and one of the main bases for assembling the Merchant Convoys that head to the frozen seas around Russia.
Poolewe was out temporary address. You can hardly describe the few cottages that are on the banks of the River Ewe as a village but it is still a busy centre for the outlying community.
This area of North West Scotland is just a touch different and very individual. It is a mix of rocky bays giving way to smooth golden/ white sands. Rugged headlands, gentle coves, hidden harbours, scattered crofts, thick wooded hillsides and glens, wooded with Beech and Oak and also of course Scots Pines, vegetation lush and at this time of the year just starting to show signs of autumns colour…..and the whole of this magnificent piece of Scotland is of course surrounded by mountains and in places tantalising glimpses of even more dramatic mountains further to the north. So lets take a whirlwind trip round loch Ewe and Area.
But Poolewe has one more surprise up its sleeve….but we will save that till tomorrow when we will have a taste of tropical paradise.
(C) David Oakes 2017