Thursday, 26 December 2013

Boxing Day Walk

It seemed a good idea, over yesterday's superb Christmas dinner, that we should all work it off on a long walk over the hills on Boxing Day, and that we would go whatever the weather.  To start with, the outlook seemed uncertain - we'd had a heavy hail shower first thing - but by the time we had climbed to the top of Maol Buidhe and stopped to look across a Sound of Mull which was calmer than it has been in weeks, the sky was clearing....

....although the threat of a shower never seemed far away.

From Maol Buidhe we turned north, dropping down into a valley and then climbing the southeastern face of Druim na Gearr Leacainn, from where we could look across the northwest entrance of the Sound.

It was the sort of walk where we had to stop frequently, not because of the after-effects of Christmas, but because, with the sun out and the air crystal clear....

....the views were stunning, both to the north side of the ridge, where Stacan Dubh was perfectly reflected in the mirror waters of one of the twin lochans....

....and away to the southeast across Kilchoan Bay to Ben Hiant and the entrance to Loch Sunart.

We almost.... almost made it home dry, but a sharp hail shower caught us just before we reached the front door.

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