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The Quiraing (My Way!)

The Quiraing (My Way!)


Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:57 pm

Route description: Quiraing, hill circuit

Date walked: 02/10/2011

Distance: 1.5 km

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As some of you will already know, I'm now ambulant disabled, unable to walk very far and always in some degree of pain and stiffness. However, when you've been used to a lifetime's walking that urge to get out is still there! The trick now is to realise when to turn back and not walk too far :D

Sunday 2 October was a glorious day and The Quiraing dominated the view from our holiday cottage. We drove up the road and parked at Bealach Ollasgairte NG440679 along with all the tourists/walkers who had beaten us to it. There was even a hot teas/coffee/refreshments caravan, just needed a "Ladies" and I'd have been in heaven :lol:

My husband set off for Meall Na Suiramach whilst I walked a few paces along the path to my first photo stop (along with the Spanish tourists in their smart fashion boots and fur jackets). There was a strong gusting wind and, trying to balance on my sticks and sort out the camera, isn't always easy!

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Cleat and Loch Cleat

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Cleat and Bioda Bhuide


I walked on a few metres to try and get some shelter from the wind. The ground was a bit boggy, as I quickly discovered, when I sat down and got my tousers rather wet :D I then spent a happy ten minutes chatting to a couple of walkers trying to identify the mountains we could see on the mainland; from the hills north of Ullapool down to Torridon. Slioch was right opposite us and it was easy to see Ben Alligin, Liathach and Ben Eighe - fantastic!

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Applecross and Torridon

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Slioch, Ben Alligin etc.


We said goodbye, they heading back to their car, I intrepidly marching on. The path narrowed, dropped down and round to the left and, suddenly, I was sheltered from the wind and the noise of the crowds back at the car park. At that point there was no-one else in sight and I could've been miles away from civilisation :lol: The path was stony in places and a bit muddy from the previous day's rain but fairly easy going. When I reached the path going off to the left up the slopes of Meall Na Suiramach I decided I had better call it a day even though The Prison seemed tantalisingly close! I retraced my steps to a conveniently placed ledge, sheltered from the wind, in the sun and giving me a good view of The Quiraing and an ideal place for a late lunch :D

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The Quiraing

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Wider view of The Quiraing


After our cup of soup and crisps it was time for one more photo as the sun was getting lower in the sky.

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Cleat and Bioda Bhuide (again)


We made our way back to the car park, now with only four cars, with me picking my way carefully down the slope and battling against the wind. Got there safely and so back to the cottage for a cup of tea :D
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby L-Hiking » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:18 pm

Nice one Susie, I was up there last month, but the views were no where near as good. Especially like the pic towards the mainland and Torridon.

Hows the Spanish?
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby ChrisW » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:34 pm

Good effort Susie and some beautiful photo's as a reward for it, that second one is lovely :D
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby rogers » Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:53 pm

well done Susie, some cracking photo's as well.
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby gammy leg walker » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:16 pm

Looks like you have had some fine weather susie & a fine report with pics backs that up,heading for Skye on Fri morning for a long weekend,hope the weather holds over the weekend.
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:16 pm

gammy leg walker wrote:Looks like you have had some fine weather susie & a fine report with pics backs that up,heading for Skye on Fri morning for a long weekend,hope the weather holds over the weekend.


Thank you! Latest weather report for Friday here is rain but fingers crossed it'll improve for you. We've been lucky this week as well, down at Elgol :D Back home on Saturday :(
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby SusieThePensioner » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:25 pm

Luvhiking wrote:Nice one Susie, I was up there last month, but the views were no where near as good. Especially like the pic towards the mainland and Torridon.

Hows the Spanish?


The Spanish would've got some good photos as well :D

ChrisW wrote:Good effort Susie and some beautiful photo's as a reward for it, that second one is lovely


rogers wrote:well done Susie, some cracking photo's as well.


Thanks everyone for your comments :D
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby Vick1 » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:40 pm

Nice pics Susie and enjoyed the views I didnt get but think the mist etc added to the atmnosphere of the place when I was there :D
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby magicdin » Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:21 pm

Terrific first report Susie and great photos
Look forward to more of the same

Haven't been to the Quirang yet - drove past a couple of times - next time I think I'll stop :D
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby Phooooey » Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:14 pm

Stunning photos ! Hope Glencoe looks as nice as that in a couple of weeks time when we hire a cottage for the week. Damson can't wait.
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:37 pm

Phooooey wrote:Stunning photos ! Hope Glencoe looks as nice as that in a couple of weeks time when we hire a cottage for the week. Damson can't wait.


Thank you! That's exciting off to Glencoe, has Damson been there before? Shall be expecting photos of her posing, perhaps in front of Buachaille Etive Mor :lol:
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby morag1 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:13 pm

Not sure how I missed this the first time round, but what a great report with stunning photos. Wow!!!

Hope you are entering the photo competition Susie 8)
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:28 pm

morag1 wrote:Not sure how I missed this the first time round, but what a great report with stunning photos. Wow!!!


Thanks, Morag :D

Back at work now after the chest infection, and few new photos on my website for you to look at :lol:
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby SusieThePensioner » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:31 pm

magicdin wrote:Terrific first report Susie and great photos
Look forward to more of the same

Haven't been to the Quirang yet - drove past a couple of times - next time I think I'll stop


Vick1 wrote:Nice pics Susie and enjoyed the views I didnt get but think the mist etc added to the atmnosphere of the place when I was there


Thanks for these comments, sorry I didn't reply before :D
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Re: The Quiraing (My Way!)

Postby jstalker66621 » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:37 pm

Yet more beautiful pics Susie...you put us all in the shade wi your eye for detail...keep em coming x
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