On the edge at Sheigra
If you live in the North-West Highlands the flipside of looooooong spring & summer days is looooooong autumn & winter nights. And yes the weather. Of course we live by the saying 'There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing' but even the best of Spotty Otter gear does not always help with that often half-hearted sense of adventure ...
What does help usually, at least in our case, is to reminisce about last year's adventures and plan for the next spring & summer, and at the back of that a little spark of enthusiasm usually ignites that makes us want to venture out into nature, whatever the conditions are.
So lets jump straight into those 2016 memories, the photos not shared and tales not told (yet) and pick up a previous thread from our blog posts - the gems that may well be on your doorstep, but somehow you never explored them.
We managed to finally venture out to some of those places we knew about, but had never gotten round to visit, last summer. For some reason - some years go like that - we had been drawn to the northern side of Assynt, the name of our area, all year and when we had reached the boundaries we kept going north.
One of the quite famous beaches of the north-west is Sandwood Bay (bookmarked for 2017 - finally!) but at least last year we made it to two places very nearby. Oldshoremore Beach (stay tuned for that story) and the lovely Sheigra - famous for the seacliffs that are a paradise for climbers.
It was an area Stewart knew well from previous climbing adventures and although a bit of an afterthought to our trip really enjoyable and awe-inspiring.
If you are not that comfortable with heights and drops it was also fear-inducing and I had to stay back a few meters myself. The photos where you see Corwin & Stewart sitting are not really on the edge, but it looked dramatic enough to be unable to watch! Never mind - the view was still great from the second row!
After exploring the cliffs we had a look at the grassy area behind the beach - it's a semi-wild campsite and definitely on our list for camping destinations in 2017! You can't drive all the way there and need to park a few hundred meters back at the local cemetery. But it has stunning views and is quite sheltered, so the perfect spot for a late-spring pre-midge camp!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Monika (an Austrian in Scotland), Stewart (a true Highlander) and Corwin (8), plus 2 dogs and 5 cats. We live on a woodland croft in the parish of Assynt, in the far North West Highlands of Scotland.
Favourite place in the world:
Home - we are lucky to have mountains and beaches on our doorstep and Scotland generally; but we also love the mountains in my native Austria and have a soft spot for California, where we spent our honeymoon.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Explovering (our personal term for exploring and discovering) mountains, lochs and beaches, camping, foraging, star gazing, Geocaching, developing our already wonderful woodlands into a magic place to share with family, friends and neighbours and fishing.