Moody Monday…. Highland Hideaway


Ryvoan Bothy, Cairngorms, Scotland

Located at the head of the Ryvoan Pass, the Bothy is just one of a network of similar structures dotted across the Scottish Highlands.  They serve as welcome shelter in some of the remotest areas, welcome should the weather become problematic. Welcome for those who are on long distant treks and need a shelter for the night.  Accommodation is basic, but chance encounters with other mountaineers and Walkers add to the fun.

Always a welcome find, but when the weather is moody, its better than a 5star hotel.

Ryvoan Bothy is not the remotest on the Bothy network, its location high on the Cairngorms still give you that very wild experience, great views over the mountains and across to the Abernethy Forest.

The Bothies may be remote…but there is still the need to

 Remember to….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

13th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday….. The Year Moves on

Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

The old Sheep pens on Howden Moor Derbyshire.  As the year moves towards autumn, it will not be long before the pens will be back in use.  Then it will be ‘tupping time’ again.

We still need to remember to….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday….. Kintail

Easdale Lumig

The Five Sisters of Kintail, Morvich, West Highlands of Scotland

Nearly a typing slip there….. for a moment I typed  “The Wet Highlands”….. and to be honest it often is.  This particular day it had been heavy highland rain all day.  We drove down the old Military Road from Glenelg, through the Ratagan Forest to the top of the Ratagan Pass.  As we headed down to Shiel Bridge, the heavy cloud parted and the late afternoon sun burst through.  It was only a brief break, then the fast moving clouds from the west rolled in once again.

To say we were fortunate is perhaps an understatement…. at the top of the pass is a convenient parking area especially for this viewpoint. 

The view down to Morvich and Shiel Bridge at the head of Loch Duich and the surrounding mountains of Kintail, known as the Five Sisters, is truly spectacular…..  but on this very wet moody day it was pure magic.  As mentioned it was only a brief break, but well worth getting out of the car and also getting wet. 

We were staying in the village of Morvich and that Highland rain continued overnight and all the next day. 

Wherever you are and whatever your weather……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th August

(C) David Oakes 2021


Moody Monday….. Over the Sea To Skye

Disc One

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Neist Point on the rugged north west coast of Skye. A vulnerable and exposed location, open to all the vagaries of the weather.  There is a saying in Scotland that, if you are not happy with the weather – wait 10 minutes and you will be in another season.

Standing on this headland I have experienced that saying first hand.  Often you can stand and watch the weather roll in from across the Atlantic enveloping us, sometimes it just seems to divert and head towards the north or south. On other occasions a complete change occurs as if in a blink of an eye…..  one thing for sure, it is a place that is always one of change.

Unpredictable the weather may be….  but please always remember to..

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

23rd August

(C) David Oakes 2021