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Costa Del Heilans, day1

Costa Del Heilans, day1


Postby tall-story » Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:56 pm

Route description: Ben Loyal

Corbetts included on this walk: Ben Loyal

Date walked: 21/07/2014

Time taken: 5.5 hours

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I`ll start with, where has the summer gone ?? This should have been done weeks/months ago :roll: Well this was meant to be a trip to Orkney but because of various issues it meant that I was to go myself where ever I wanted. So it was decided that I was going to do something that I first fancied almost 30 years ago :shock: while backpacking around the North and N/West coast :D. That being climbing some of those hills that I saw when I was nowt but a lad :wink:
As Usual it all started very early in the morning (430 as it happens) as I just prefer this time of day and it also lets me get well away from the main traffic before it all gets a bit mad on the roads. So before I knew it I was in Dingwall at 710am looking for tescos to get my rations of Jelly Snakes (cos I forgot them) so 15 mins or so later after a bit of a wander around and a chat with a very lost looking member of staff I had my snakes :D and I was off on the next leg of the journey and an hour later I was at Bonar Bridge and how nice was it looking in the early light!
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Further along the road and it was Loch Shin and the very odd wee hoosie on the island,
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wee hoosie
does anyone know the story behind it ? Onwards again and before long I was passing Klibreck and dreaming about the fantastic couple of days I had up there earlier in the year, a bit farther and Tongue was in sight
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approach to Tongue
and I think its one o many fantastic views on this road. 15mins later I was at the first of many planned hills for this few days away, after a wee false start I eventually found the start of this walk and it was looking good, if a wee bit cloudy.
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Not looking so good
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River View of Ben Loyal
The forecast was cloudy at times but to clear later, so all looked good. The walk in was pretty good, if a bit longer than I expected but there was plenty to look at and of course take photies off :) but it wasn't to last :( as the clag soon came in
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Summit pose ;-)
and as usual it was more or less there all the time I was,
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Flowers
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Flowers 2
at least till I got almost back to the car
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Starting to clear.....sods law!
. So that was that, just short of 5hrs which was fine
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Stats
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Ben Loyal
as I had no need to hurry as I had the rest of the day to be a tourist on my way to Sandwood Bay or maybe not :wink: ? Off I went and after a few photo stops I duly arrived at Oldshore More beach
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Oldshore More Beach
which is the start of the walk to Sandwood bay, but as it had been such a long day so far I opted not to go to Sandwood as I pooped, and it had been suggested to me before I went that Oldshore More Beach would be just about as nice but without the crowds :wink: and it sure was. After a wee nap and a cup of tea I set off on my wee adventure of this fantastic beach :D which was superb, what with the wild flowers,
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Flowers in the meadow
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harebell
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Orchid
cliffs beach views
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Gorgeous Beach
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Spot the Flat top ?
and of course clear blue skies by this time ( as the forecast predicted). After an hour or two here it was time to set of for my planned camp site at Scourie . So after a shower and a wee sleep till things cooled down, it was time to eat and have a well deserved couple of pints and the obligatory beach walk at sunset
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Beach stone at sunset
, which was simply gorgeous :)
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Scourie Sunset
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Bed time
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby Beaner001 » Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:49 pm

Some lovely pics there tall-story. Looks like a great wee trip. Never been up that far North :clap:
Hows the new pup coming along?
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby dawnfoth » Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:14 pm

Wow! Lovely pictures there Tall Story. The flowers are gorgeous as is that beach! :D Shame about the cloud on the summit - you don't look very impressed! :crazy:

I've yet to venture up there.... canna wait! 8)
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby tall-story » Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:56 pm

Thanks guys :) Beaner001 the pup is coming on just fine, she is a bit nutty as you would expect but that should all calm down soon :shock: ?? Well maybe. Jura is the reason I haven't been out on the hills much this year :( but that should all change fairly soon :wink:

Hey Dawnforth its been a while since I looked at your balloons :roll: and by jings you are fairly getting through the hills :D
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby Silverhill » Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:32 pm

Hey, good luck for the final one! :D
That looked like a lovely day, apart from the mist on the hill. Must visit Oldshore More beach when I’m up north. It looks fabulous :D
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby Silverhill » Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:50 pm

It has now occurred to me that perhaps you don’t want to compleat…. Enjoy the hills! :D
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby tall-story » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:07 pm

Silverhill, yes I think you might be correct, its a case of I don't want the fantastic adventure that it has been to end :( Then what will I do ?? Corbetts Maybe ? :wink:
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby spiderwebb » Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:36 pm

:lol: you and me both Tallstory in not wanting it to end. Great pics, been up there this week for work, Ben Loyal is a stunning mountain, which I have yet to do, but it's on my list
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Re: Costa Del Heilans, day1

Postby Beaner001 » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:25 am

tall-story wrote:Silverhill, yes I think you might be correct, its a case of I don't want the fantastic adventure that it has been to end :( Then what will I do ?? Corbetts Maybe ? :wink:

Haha, i've been looking at your Munro map and been thinking the same as Silverhill for a while now mate, hope they upgrade an mountain or two in the next few years :crazy: :shock: :lol:
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