Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Indian Summer in the West - Ardtoe and Loch Moidart

We booked a weekend on the west coast at Strontian, staying in the very comfortable Strontian Holiday Lodges.  Our lodge was really well equipped and had a gorgeous view down Loch Sunart.  An evening temperature of over 20 degrees Celcius is not normal for Scotland in October!

The sunset hinted at a fine day to come.  As night fell the cloud dissipated to leave a sky full of stars

The following day we headed out to Ardtoe, a small beach at the end of a minor road with a really special atmosphere.  the West is well known as the home of this chap's relatives, but one advantage of this time of year is that there are none about!

Paddling north out of Ardtoe opens up a great view of Eigg and Rum.  An Sgurr of Eigg is on the left with the Rum Cuillin beyond. 

We turned into Loch Moidart, accompanied as ever here by an escort of curious Common Seals.  Castle Tioram sits on it's rock near the head of the Loch.  Last time I was here the weather was superb too.  An easterly breeze blowing out of the loch was making for hard going, so we turned around and paddled back to Ardtoe to relax in the sunshine.

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