Road signs of Scotland.

Fàilte don Ghàidhealtachd
Welcome to the Highlands

with Nessie in the loch.

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It is being reported that "John Wick" director, Chad Stahelski, is developing a reboot of Highlander (1986).

Sounds good.

The only question is whether I should apply for the Sean Connery part or the one portrayed by Christopher Lambert, in the series of films.

Road signs of Scotland.

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Otters Crossing


Credit: Chantal Cooke

I went for a walk immediately after work, this morning. I came across this rather lovely orchid:

Common Spotted Orchid
Urach bhallach
Dactylorhiza fuchsii

They are very common in the Highlands, but this rich colour variety is rarer. A nice shape, too.

I always find the return trip seems faster than the outward journey, and it felt like I was soon back at the car.

I didn't carry any food with me on the walk, but I had my lunch box in the car. I drove a short distance, found somewhere to park, and settled down to eat. I found a comfy place where I could look back towards the walk I had just completed.

It was a Perfect Day (you can go and find that song yourself).

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The Road to Nowhere.

After the game, enjoying the view, and resting my feet, it was time to return.

It wasn't a road to nowhere (it took me back to the car), but seeing the endless track reminded me of the song.

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The natives were friendly.

No sooner had I sat down on the bench when this lovely doggie came over to me. She was carrying a stick in her mouth. As she approached me she dropped the stick at my feet. This was an invitation to play. How could I resist?

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We are now getting to the final stage of the walk. We go uphill, cross the glen, and suddenly we can see An Tairbeart and Loch Nibheis before us. On this day it was a lovely view.

Loch Nibheis has a completely different feel, because unlike Loch Mhòrair, it is a sea-loch, with access to the Na h-Eileanan Siar (Hebrides).

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I had initially assumed that the cottage was an isolated dwelling, but I soon discovered the local "big hoose". I suspect the cottage was a former estate worker's house which has now been converted to a holiday letting property.

The big house didn't appear to be occupied either. An absentee landlord? Perhaps.

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This was the first human habitable house I came across. It was at the walk half-way mark. All the other houses were ruins. This building looked like it was a holiday home. Although the cottage was deserted when I took the photo.

The cottage also had a nice view, if you like that sort of thing.

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One section of the path had to navigate around a sheer cliff. Rather go high above the cliff, the path builders decided to in-fill a section of the loch, and build the path on top. No mean feat as many of the rocks were heavier than one person could lift. Diggers weren't available when the path was built.

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The path was very varied in its composition. At the start, and end, the path was wide enough to take small vehicles. In between, it was often not much more than a sheep track, and sometimes considerably worse. That said, walking along a path is always easier than going through undergrowth.

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Although the area is a National Nature Reserve there wasn't an abundance of wildflowers. That might be explained by the presence of sheep on the land. I'm not sure how that squares with it being a NNR.

Some of the plants that had avoided being munched included the Wild Thyme - Lus an Righ - Thymus serpyllum. They do smell exactly like their cultivated relatives.

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Life's a beach.

All along the edge of the loch are lots of lovely shingle beaches. As far as I could tell, there weren't any sandy beaches, although there were sandy areas visible in areas of shallow water.

If you didn't fancy walking the whole route these beaches offered ample opportunities for lazing about.

I also find the noise of water lapping against a stony beach to be intoxicating. Give me shingle over sand any day.

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