After milling around Oban for a few days we were headed for an Island adventure....
some quick snaps from Oban:
oBAN by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
Ferry to Mull by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
Heading onto a ferry to go hiking always seems to get me excited and adds a little more adventure to the day!! My pal, Steve had been up helping me at work in Oban for a few days and was keen to head up a Scottish hill. Although being born south of the border, Steve has always considered himself Scottish have Aberdonian parentage and had been asking for years to accompany me on an adventure.
So 0630am, and we were up and waiting to board the ferry to Mull. The weather was good and we soon set sail towards The Sound of Mull! Coffee and a couple of bacon butties devoured and we headed up onto the deck to view our objective for the day – Dun da Ghaoithe! The clouds were starting to form but things still looked good, albeit with a deteriorating forecast!!!
Sound of Mull Lighthouse by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
The drive to the start of the hill was short (very short) and we were soon striding up the road towards the masts. Unfortunately the cloud had arrived and by the time we reached the first mast, we were well and truly in the Scottish mists!! Waterproofs on and we headed onwards away from the road and on more familiar hillwalking terrain!!
Mull Rays by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
Navigation heads working now saw us reach the first top of Mainnit nam Fiadh…. Then something strange happened! The light changed and for the next 45 minutes the cloud floated down below us and our target summit was revealed. This gave an extra spring to the step and we soon found ourselves on the top of Dun da Ghaoithe with excellent views and mists swirling all around. Its not very often I get this luck!!
Dun da Ghaoithe by Scotland's Mountains, on Flickr
Our 45 minutes of good luck was soon up and as we left the summit the clag and mists enveloped us again as we headed back the way we came! The drizzle started and by the time we returned to the car , the waterproofs were dripping. However we felt we had scored a goal with the clouds parting at the top and were a happy couple of hikers
Back to the ferry terminal and time for another coffee and some carrot cake and the ferry home. Then a long drive for me but a train trip for Steve back to London!! A fine trip and a fine mountain (from what we saw in 45 minutes!!)
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