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Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!


by dooterbang » Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:25 am

Route description: Ben More Coigach

Grahams included on this walk: Ben Mor Coigach, Sgurr an Fhidhleir

Date walked: 25/07/2015

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 850m

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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby Mal Grey » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:47 pm

Just occasionally, it really is that good, so wonderful that you can barely take it in (and personally, I sometimes get a lump in my throat when sat with such views in front of me). Your pictures and words portray that feeling perfectly.

Lucky b.... :)
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby Mancunian » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:40 am

Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing this experience with us dooterbang.
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby BlackPanther » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:43 am

This is as good as it gets. Well worth the long drive! The "clouds on fire" photos really come from outer space :D

I have sentiment for Assynt/Sutherland, too, it's such an amazing landscape. The oddly shaped mountains and the white quartzite tops, myriads of little lochs and lochans, cliffs, beaches... Just a perfect place :D I'm glad to live a bit closer than 400km :wink:

We climbed Cranstackie & Beinn Spionnaidh yesterday and were lucky to see the views, especially Foinaven looked majestic.
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby Sabbathstevie » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:35 pm

:o Indeed!

Hope you've planned what to spend your vouchers on! 8)
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:48 pm

Pure magic, one to never forget :clap: :clap:
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby mountainsofscotland » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:34 am

An outstanding report. It doesn't get much better than this. One of the best hills in Scotland done in ideal conditions with a wild camp thrown in. Tempted now to go back and do this hill again in near future. Thanks.
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby weaselmaster » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:14 pm

Jammy sod!
I spend 2 weeks in Assynt & surrounds this "summer" and get wet winter conditions - you get a peach of an evening.
But what wonderful pictures. There's nothing else like camping high when you get views like those. A truely inspirational piece DB, makes me almost want to go back to Assynt :lol: (not sure I have forgiven it yet for ruining my summer)
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby bobble_hat_kenny » Tue Aug 04, 2015 7:32 pm

Wow! Jings! Probably the best photos I've seen on a WR yet :clap: :clap: :clap: - how did you manage to find weather like that THIS summer? Is that definitely Scotland :lol: ?
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby SAVAGEALICE » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:50 pm

Wowsers! Awesome stuff :clap: ....now i really need to camp up a mountain! :D
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby Mountainlove » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:17 pm

Lovely sunrise photos! I really need to get my bum out of bed in the morning to enjoy sunrises :roll:
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby dooterbang » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:25 pm

spiderwebb wrote:Stunning Dooters, simply stunning :D The clouds on fire shots must have had you mesmerised, I sat here just staring, marvellous.

This is my favourite area too, luckily not a 6 hour drive :lol: I'm not sure what it is, there are so many areas that folks claim as the best, Cuillins, Torridon etc and yes these are beautiful each with something unique, but for me Assynt has it all. I think its a combination of several things, the remoteness, the isolation of each mountain standing more or less on its own, and the geology, not that I'm any expert in that, but the age of these rocks hard to comprehend, the glaciation etc...all combines to make it the most dramatic scenery you could find anywhere. You get a true sense that we are simply passing through and that we matter not in our relatively short lives.

And no Munros, well hardly :lol: but who needs those with hills like these. If you haven't already been, take a wander up Quinag next time your up (give me a shout too :D ) an easy approach from the road belies what you see on the far side, jaw dropping scenery, the likes of which rival An Teallach.

I'll be frequenting these come winter and I cant wait.

Thank you for posting such brilliant photos, glad you had a great trip, worth the miles :D
Fantastic reply!! They should do a competition for best reply :wink:

katyhills wrote:There aren't really enough suitable words to describe that! Breathtaking - and actually brought a tear to my eye. Need an embarrassed face smiley :)
Speak to Paul (walkhighlands owner), he may be able to sort this out :wink:

BlackPanther wrote:This is as good as it gets. Well worth the long drive! The "clouds on fire" photos really come from outer space :D

We climbed Cranstackie & Beinn Spionnaidh yesterday and were lucky to see the views, especially Foinaven looked majestic.
Nice set of hills them two. You're sooo lucky living so close - very jealous :wink:

mountainsofscotland wrote:An outstanding report. It doesn't get much better than this. One of the best hills in Scotland done in ideal conditions with a wild camp thrown in. Tempted now to go back and do this hill again in near future. Thanks.
Me too :D . And once again thanks for posting such great reports, it inspired me to get in the car and drive for 6 hours 8)

weaselmaster wrote:Jammy sod!
I spend 2 weeks in Assynt & surrounds this "summer" and get wet winter conditions - you get a peach of an evening.
But what wonderful pictures. There's nothing else like camping high when you get views like those. A truely inspirational piece DB, makes me almost want to go back to Assynt :lol: (not sure I have forgiven it yet for ruining my summer)
Ha, I'm sure the amount of times you're out walking the hills it won't be long till you also strike gold :)

Big thanks to everyone who took time out to read this, and commented with positive words. It still would've been a special trip, although all the elements did make it extra special :D
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby dooterbang » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:26 pm

Mountainlove wrote:Lovely sunrise photos! I really need to get my bum out of bed in the morning to enjoy sunrises :roll:
Just stay up Maja, then sleep all day :wink:
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby mountain thyme » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:01 pm

Cracking Pics DB. Need to work on the pose though :lol:
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:09 pm

My brother is a casual browser of WH, and he just rang me up to ask whether I'd read this AMAZING report on Assynt... (we're trying to spy out a couple of good days to do the Cuillin Ridge..)

You've definitely pressed the buttons with this one.... :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Assynt - A Love from Outer Space!!

Postby rockhopper » Mon Aug 10, 2015 1:17 pm

Excellent dooters - you're certainly developing quite a knack for these summit camps ! - cheers :)
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