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.
100_1020
Or maybe you need more evidence
100_1057
Maybe a nice sunset would persuade you
100_1078
Or an unspoilt beach?
100_1032
Need I go on?
100_1038
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.
100_1021
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.
100_1017
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
100_1024
100_1082

Advertisements

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!

      ________________________________

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s