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A Stac of fun had - Quickie up Polly, and more?!
by dooterbang » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:07 pm
Route description: Stac Pollaidh ridge and circuit
Grahams included on this walk: Stac Pollaidh
Date walked: 13/04/2013
Time taken: 8 hours
Distance: 12 km
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Most other areas forecast howling strong winds and with the fresh snowfall the sensible approach was to go down low...It was time to sample some Pie, Lochinver style
Friday afternoon Kerri and I booked a room for the night in the Highland Hotel Strathpeffer at a bargain £30.
We both finished work at 5pm but managed to be Highland bound at 6pm and arrived just after 9pm at the Hotel.
Early rise and drove the 90 minutes to the foot of Stac Polly - my favourite moontin - and walking just after 8am...I was very excited at this point
We spent a fantastic 4 hours scrambling and milking the views in good conditions, not much wind and the rock was bone dry...Suilven & Co looking majestic. We also managed to navigate the scramble to do both summits. Some rufty tufty young men from Dingwall didn't even attempt the 2nd summit...big jessies
Excuse the amount of photos...
Just a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and we got down just as the wind picked up. If we just went home now the 600 round trip would have been worth it...but there was more to come!
It was only noon so we decided to visit a few other attractions in the area
Achmelvic Beach - Stunning!
Next stop was Clachtoll Beach & The Salmon Bothy
It was now 4pm and time to sample some Pie from the wonderful Lochinver Pie Shop. We sat at the harbour and filled our bellies with some fine veggie food - spiced butternut squash, sweet potato, goats cheese & chili...doesn't get much better
So back in the car...Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt.
We just had time to sneak up to the Bone Caves...a lovely 4km walk.
The weather had now taken a turn for the worse but we were back at the car and just had the 6 hour drive home
Not a pleasant drive with the rain lashing down and severe gales, much concentration was required. Kerri not being used to all this clean mountain air slept most of the journey home!
Arrived back in Glasgow just after 11pm.
After a nice hot shower we had a bottle of Arran Dark each which had much the same effect as if we had drank 8 bottles, without the clean air and exercise off course...this is merely a theory
Another great day up the NW Coast of Scotland - such a beautiful place and one I shall visit again & again.
Next couple of weekends would see us chasing the weather again with a trip to Englands highest moontin - Scafell Pike (20th April) http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=31112
and a cycle around Arran (27th April) which meant Kerri getting back in the saddle after a 20 year hiatus!!
by BlackPanther » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:13 pm
You explored all my favourite places in Assynt.
by SAVAGEALICE » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:41 pm
by hills » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:47 pm
by weaselmaster » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:56 pm
The pics of Achmelvich beach bring back memories of many summers spent there as a small weasel in the mid 70s
Thanks for posting
by dogplodder » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:06 pm
by pigeon » Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:09 pm
by Bod » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:07 pm
Once had a wee mini fun olympics on the beach there with a wee group of my mates over a long weekend. Camped with plenty beer, but drunk very little as it was so hot and beautiful we just ran around went snorkelling and chilled. Arrived home and went to the local pub on the Sunday evening, everyone thought we had been to Spain
by lomondwalkers » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:29 pm
by old danensian » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:39 pm
Enjoy The Lakes - but mind the crowds on Scafell Pike - and I'd be careful with that hiatus too.
by gordon l » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:39 pm
by PeteR » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:01 pm
by The Rodmiester » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:09 pm
by tomyboy73 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:37 pm
by trekpete » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:18 pm