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West Coast Weekend

3 Men and a Dog took a trip to Knoydart for what promised to be a weekend of good walking, scrambling and local seafood. However, West Coast weather and clouds of midges scuppered our plans of nice ridge walking up to Ladhar Bheinn, but at least we got the seafood!

Every year, some Team Members head up to the West Coast for some walking and climbing. This year it was Knoydart, and a Friday evening departure from Aberdeen meant we wouldn’t make the last ferry from Mallaig to Inverie so we stopped off in Drumnadrochit en route. On the Saturday we were greeted with almost total cloud cover and threats of thunder storms as we left our campsite, but not before getting some amazing early morning shots of Loch Ness. There was a feeling of excitement as we boarded the ferry to Knoydart in the drizzle, leaving Mallaig behind and making waves towards Inverie. We had packed for a weekend but from the number of rucksacks we had, anyone would’ve thought we were moving there permanently. Some friendly locals gave us a lift to the campsite which was also the venue for the Saturday night bonfire. Watching a bonfire in the rain sounds exciting, I know, but instead we retreated to the Old Forge Inn for their famous seafood platter and some beer.

No matter the weather, we were determined to get out and about on the Sunday. We were up early and heading for the Barisdale saddle by 07:30 with a vain hope that the sun would burn through and bring some good weather but by midday we gave up on climbing into the cloud and headed to Barisdale Bay for lunch. Chalking the weekend up to a reconnaissance mission, we ate our sandwiches and returned to Inverie to catch the last ferry back to Mallaig.

Returning to Aberdeen, plans were being hatched of a sailing trip around the peninsula and possibly signing up for the Knoydart Hill Race as part of the Knoydart Highland Games. There’s always next year…

Words: Billy Lindsay

Photo: Stuart Warrender