This was the moment before sunrise yesterday so, with the promise of fine weather all day from the forecasters, we set off with the family for a long walk. As the grand-daughters need to have some sort of carrot for following the planned long and circuitous route - The Diary needed to look at some archaeology at Glendrian - we promised them a treasure hunt at one of the remote, hidden beaches on West Ardnamurchan's north coast.
We started at Achnaha, the point where last Friday's muir burners began their fire. Achnaha is a small crofting township almost in the centre of West Ardnamurchan, but it must at some point have had a much bigger population as, to its northeast, there is an extensive area of drained peat land which was once used for agriculture.
Here's one product of the expedition - a mosaic made of the remains of sea urchin tests.