Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Into the Hills

Up at six thirty to make the tea and saw this, with all the promise of a fine day to come, and couldn't wait to be away in the hills.

Drove east along the B8007, stopping briefly to look at the view north, down the valley of the Achateny Water, with Braehouse Cottage (Ardnamurchan Estate) on the left, the houses of Branault away to the right, and Eigg and Rum in the distance.

Left the car at the new track up to the Beinn Bhuidhe wind turbine and climbed the northeastern slopes of Ben Hiant, with....

....views across Loch Mudle on one side and....

...the open area called the Basin to the other.  Set off to traverse the hill to the right of this picture, working higher and higher, with....

 ....Ben Hiant above.

The purpose of the day was to investigate some of the stone structures which sit on the terraces of the steep slope down into the Basin.  They were interesting, at least two hundred years old and possibly far older, but....

....I couldn't stop until the end of the ridge was reached, giving views across  to Auliston Point and Mull on the other side of the Sound.  At bottom left a creel boat - probably one of the boys from the village - looked like a beetle as it worked a silvered surface.

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