From Sea to Peak

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From sea level on Upper Loch Torridon, and its village of the same name, to the 4000ft summits of the Torridon Range and the slopes of Liathach.

It is wild and magical location.  Often a wonderful place to see Golden Eagles soaring above the peaks. Sadly, not showing on the day we last visited.  Also, a memorable place for me. It was my first introduction, at 17, to climbing in “real” Mountains…rather overwhelming.  Thankfully, I had two experienced friends to provide support and advice.  4 days later the three of us were on the Cuillin Ridge on Skye, another extremely dramatic first.

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

24th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Touched by Clouds

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Loch Morlich at the foot of the Cairngorm Mountains.  Nestling within the Glenmore Forest Park.   It is a great approach to the mountains, some of the highest in Scotland with some 4000ft summits….often touched by clouds. 

Glorious in the summer, though watch out for midges, and spectacular in winter when the Ski Resort swings into activity.

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

15th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Memories … and a Wishful Thought

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I miss not having been to the Coast this year.  The sound of the wind and the breaking of waves over beach or rocks, the smell of  seaweeds and salt, with the call of Gulls overhead, it is shear magic.  It is a wish I am not sure that will be fulfilled in the near future.  So I am left with memories.  Memories of visiting St. Abbs on the East Coast of Scotland in the Scottish Borders.

The view above is from St Abbs harbour wall looking across Starney Bay to headland of St. Abbs Head.  The Bay is a magnet for Scuba Divers, a sub aqua hotspot.

A memory true…but something else to look forward to….

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

11th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Coming or Going……

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Loch an Eilean, Rothiemurchus, Cairngorms, Scotland

Surrounded by the Rothiemurchus Forest, Loch an Eilean is both tranquil in parts but in others rather a puzzle (well a puzzle for me that is).  Remnants of trees sinking into the dark waters, yet signs that new land is forming along this margin.  Yet the water levels do not appear to be higher than what one would call normal.  Is the Loch filling in or is reclaiming land from the edge of the forest.  What ever, even on a stormy day the Loch is a great location for a peaceful walk, only Crossbills and Red Squirrels for company and some times midges!

Please Remember ….

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

7th September

(C) David Oakes 2020