I am always fascinated to find these desolate places with crumbling pill boxes and WW2 defences. This was originally built in 1941 and used until 1944 by the Royal Artillery. Its was used a departure point for convoys to Russia. Cove Battery
Aultbea also has a NATO base and large ships and submarines often come inshore to refuel here.
I always draw great inspiration from the sea, something about the coast soothe my soul. This beach reminds me of Balmedie beach in Aberdeenshire. After parking in the small car park, its a stroll over the dunes which opens up to the sweeping vista of pebble dotted red sand.
I have an immense sense of wonder when it comes to sand dunes. They way the wind sculpts them from sand thats is freely blown and deposited creating great pyramids which double as fantastic vantage points to observe the view of Skye. The rose coloured sand is a real contrast to the green and yellow grasses and azure sky and sea. There is a real feeling of isolation and seclusion here which is one of its main draws for me. Just stunning!
The spectacular Sail Mhor (767m) and Sgurr Fiona 1060m (An Teallach) on route to Gruinard Bay. Today I am bagging Monroes through my camera only!
I love a beach and this is a belter. Glorious pink sand as far as the eye can see. These steps are welcoming me down.
Gruinard Island opposite the bay where scientists experimented with anthrax in 1942 as they were worried about an impeding biological attack from the Germans. Despite attempts to disinfect Gruinard Island, the spores left by the experiments kept the island in quarantine for 48 years. In 1990, the Defence Minister, Michael Neubert, declared there was no longer a risk to health and removed the warning sign. Think I might just admire the view rather than visit
Road bridge over the Inverianvie River
Little Gruinard River flows from Fionn Loch to Gruinard Bay. This is the boundary point between Gairloch and Loch Broom parishes. This area has been granted a special area of conservation because of the great Atlantic Salmon found here
Just a glorious viewpoint of one of my new favourite beaches
Such an Idyllic place for a spot of lunch just three miles south of Gairloch. The Badachro Inn complete with own jetty and sun deck in this sheltered cove was todays refuel stop. Think we’ll make use of the deck. The local haul here tends to be lobsters, crabs and prawns. Yum!
Love these majestic craggy trees looking over the headland
What is the fascination for collecting old telephone boxes in your garden?
Slioch best viewed from Loch Maree
Unfortunately no time today for a 9 mile hike and the daughter might protest, another time…
The view from Glen Docherty to Loch Maree