Ruins and UFO’s

A week or so ago we took advantage of a rare morning off & walked along stalkers paths to Glenarigolach abandoned village near Gruinard River in the Allt a’ Ghlinnie valley.

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After fighting through the 5ft tall bracken (As usual one of our party decided he knew the route better than the directions he had been given!!!) we came across great expanses of Bog Cotton meadows with the slightly concealed peaks of Beinn Dearg in the distance.

 

Glenarigolach means ‘Glen of the forked shieling’ and the settlement comprises the remains of 22 rectangular buildings including a corn drying kiln and evidence of field clearances & lazy beds. The village was cleared for a sheep run around 1840.

The site has been inhabited for some considerable time as there is a 9m roundhouse with field wall and possible burial cairnfield with at least 5 cairns.

Whilst wandering around the ruins we were joined by a mysterious visitor…….hence the UFO! or UFB in this case!

Any twitchers who can give this UFB an identity we’d love to hear it. (Jenni….help!!)

Some more visitors along the walk, a Golden Ringed dragonfly and a female Stonechat (we think!)

The views on the way back were fantastic. Definitely a walk we shall be doing again and again and again.

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Sunshine & Seafood at The Gairloch Highland Gathering

We spent Saturday afternoon at the Gairloch Highland Gathering which is held at Big Sand, Gairloch. It was a beautiful day, the follicly challenged members of the family should have had some sun tan lotion on!!!

We were very happy to see The Seafood Shack there which was pretty popular so we made a rather rapid bee line for the queue. After devouring a portion of Local Langoustines in Garlic Butter and having spied my delicious Crab Cakes a certain someone (not naming any names!) had to go back for more!

The Mordor Gun Dogs were showing us all how to properly train & reward gun dogs. The combination of Labradors & Spaniels were incredibly clever & well behaved. Considerably different to our own spaniel. There were classic cars on display too.

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The Gairloch Country Dancers put on a lovely show as well as the fantastic Gairloch & District Junior Pipe Band.

At the end of the Pipers performance the Pipe Master approached the Chieftain where the Pipe band were dismissed.

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The beer tent was a welcome site on a warm sunny day. Langoustines & beer the perfect partnership (’tis the new caviar & champagne!!)

A great day was had by all – would have been a bonus to have won the Highland Park Whisky on the raffle but it wasn’t to be.

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There have been some fabulous views of the Loch recently. The waters have been shimmering turquoise & silver depending on the light. We managed to take a couple of snaps but wish we had managed to capture it when it was at it’s best. It’s an artists paradise.