With the forecast promising some sharp showers during the morning, we decided to keep off the hilltops and walk along the path which runs from Achosnich school house to the Portuairk-Sanna path. This path was improved some years ago and is still in excellent condition.
As Portuairk came into sight we'd had enough of path walking and turned uphill, working our way higher until we came to....
....some fine views of Sanna and the rain moving across the small isles. It may be the first day of July, but only two people were walking along these beautiful beaches, and even when we left after an hour of wandering along the beaches and across the machair, there were still only two cars in the car park.
The tide was low and the beach swept clear....
....except for the occasional moon jellyfish, the first we've seen this summer.
In one of the many small bays along the beach we were roundly cursed by a pair of dunlins, perhaps because they had a nest somewhere above the high tide mark, but we couldn't find it.
In the machair at the back of the beaches a bumblebee was working through the masses of wild thyme. That the black part of the bee lacks yellow stripes suggests that this is the red shanked carder.
As we walked back along the school house path the sun came out and, with it, the butterflies. The fritillaries are difficult to tell apart, particularly without a picture of the underside of the wing, but I think this is a pearl-bordered fritillary.