The glories of Wester Ross

Now we know that it is sometimes wrong to have a favourite. I was my parent’s favourite child – but only because I was an only child. When you’re a boss it is very wrong to have favourites among your staff. And part of me says that because I love the whole of Scotland I shouldn’t have a favourite part. But confession time – I do have a favourite and it is Wester Ross. And here’s the reason why.
Or maybe you need more evidence
Maybe a nice sunset would persuade you
Or an unspoilt beach?
Need I go on?
The scenery is fabulous; the pace of life magnificently slow; just the right combination of majestic mountains, beautiful moorland, beaches, loch and sea, islands and unspoilt panoramas. And we regularly rent a cottage that has this rather decent view from the living room window.
So it was a very excited boy who was picked up after completing his 91st Edinburgh parkrun 5k a week past Saturday to head north – destination Strath, Gairloch, Wester Ross. It was a gorgeous day and the journey north improved the further we got. You can never totally relax on the A9 because of the lunacy that it seems to attract – please expedite the dual carriageway Scottish Government! But once you’re over the Kessock Bridge onto the magical A835 you start heading north west and the eye is continually drawn to the left to the glorious mountains that become more and more visible. But the best is saved for last – the majestic A832. If you ever wondered if it is worth being in the European Community then the funding of the Achnasheen to Kinlochewe road and the outstanding roadside walls alone should convince you. After Kinlochewe I couldn’t resist a picture of Slioch which of course doesn’t begin to do it justice.
We had a glorious week in Wester Ross enjoying drives, walks, coffees out, reading, relaxing and generally adapting to the pace of life. I’ll leave you with another sunset and a final picture of Wester Ross


8 thoughts on “The glories of Wester Ross

  1. Beautiful photos, I completely agree that the scenery is breathtaking and I love going to somewhere like that where the pace of life is slower, it can only be good for you. I just have one small gripe, which perhaps isn’t relevant at this time of year: midges.

  2. Beautiful photos, David! I am overcome with envy. I don’t know Wester Ross very well, but it’s somewhere I really want to explore. The mountains look extraordinary. Looks like you had superb weather – and in October, with no people! I think you have every right to make this part of Scotland your favourite – I guess ours is probably Mull and Iona, but don’t get me started! 🙂

    • Thanks Jo. No harm in liking Mull and Iona – they’re both beautiful islands. I need to spend longer in Mull – have only been once and it merely served to whet the appetite. Maybe next year!


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