10 July 2017

Cattle Grids, Home Bakes, and WOW! Moments, Part 3

With the weather turning generally drier later in the week, we were able to put our hiking gear to use.  We chose a walk near our base in Badachro, a relatively low, but occasionally boggy walk, passing The Fairy Lochs and a memorial marking the 1945 crash site of a USAAF B-24 Liberator bomber where much of the wreckage remains.

In the afternoon, we visited Inverewe Garden and Estate in Poolewe.  To be honest, I was not excited about the visit.  In fact, if not for the free entry with our National Trust for Scotland membership, I likely would have passed.  However, "garden" does not completely describe this 54 acres of plants, flowers, trees, herbs, etc.  As a non-gardener, I was thoroughly impressed. Nestled in dramatic hills by Loch Ewe, the surrounding views were beautiful as well.  We saw some wildlife too!


Herons, nesting


On our final full day, we opted for another walk.  We were unsure of the weather, so we chose another lowland hike instead of heading up a big hill.  We walked the Bad na Sgalag (no idea) pinewood circuit.  This one was certainly boggy!

Investigating tiny wildlife

Otherwise during the week, we relaxed in our "cottage" and visited a few local restaurants, sampling the local seafood and pub grub.  Overall, it was a great escape and the views, even in through the rain and mist, were truly awesome.  I am sure we will return to northwest Scotland at some point, maybe completing the remainder of the North Coast 500.  If we do, I will share it here!

*Thanks, once again, to Pat and Stan for a few of the photos.