Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Loch Torridon Communities - the Upper Loch
On the one day of predicted good weather in the week prior to Easter, I left home at 0545 and arrived at Torridon mid morning. The plan was to explore the area using first the ebb tide to get out to Loch Shieldaig, then the flood on the return run.
Loch Torridon is divided into three parts. From seaward they are Loch Torridon, Loch Shieldaig and Upper Loch Torridon. The upper loch is surrounded by some iconic mountains; Liathach, Beinn Dearg and Beinn Alligin.
I started out from Torridon village and headed along in heavy rain showers to the first community - Inveralligin.
This painting of a Puffin was on a rocky point - perhaps painted by a tour boat's crew so they could guarantee a sighting to their passengers?!
Nearby, a band of feral goats were eating the seaweed exposed towards the Spring low tide.
They clearly do well here as there were several kids amongst the group.
Upper Loch Torridon is separated from Loch Shieldaig by a narrow kyle, through which the ebb, now in it's last two hours, carried me swiftly.
The next community I was to visit was one I'd not known about before, a lost community.