Thursday, 14 October 2010
Indian Summer in the West - Loch Sunart
Our last day at Strontian was again warm but with a fresh easterly wind. I paddled on Loch Sunart, passing beneath Beinn Resipol. Today the summit was cloudless, a contrast to the Spring day Dave and I had on the hill when we'd looked down through gaps in the cloud to this part of the loch.
The north shore of the loch is clothed in native oakwoods - this is "Suaneairt Ghorm nan Darach" (Green Sunart of the Oaks). A temperate rainforest rich in wildlife and interest, it's a Special Area of Conservation and is managed as a project by local people.
Although there was a haze in the air, the autumnal colours were starting to dominate with shades of russet against the blue sky.
The evening produced another wash of rich colour as the sun sank beyond Ardnamurchan. We spent the evening with friends who are fortunate enough to live in this beautiful place. As Simon remarked, "when you live here, why would you want to be anywhere else in the world?"