Saturday, 21 July 2012

Stob Ghabhar to Arran

Had a great day out with Brian and Kay on an east - west circuit of Stob a Choire Odhair and Stob Ghabhar. The weather was good, with just a little mist on the tops, and the sun really broke through for our descent south east to the much eroded path down the glorious Allt Toaig waterfall.

It was off to the Isle of Arran a few days later for 2 weeks holiday (and just a little work!). Kay sailed across the Firth of Clyde one day to join me on a blustery traverse of Caisteal Abhail from North Glen Sannox across to Cir Mhor and down into Glen Rosa in the late afternoon sun.

Sunny days have been scarce so far this July but the group I took for a fine high level walk in the hills above the beautiful Coire Fhion Lochan was lucky to enjoy warm sunshine and outstanding views, both of the Arran hills and over to the Mull of Kintyre and Jura beyond.

The highlight for me came a couple of days later while enjoying some solitude on the rough moorland hills in the south of the island. I had just reached the trig point on the summit of Tighvein when a magnificent Golden Eagle rose into the air from the ground behind the cairn 2 metres away. What a sight! Did I have my camera to hand? Sadly not, but I watched it soar into the air and head south for quite some time.

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