|Empty Country of Torridon|
I drove up from the Isle of Skye in the rain. Make that pouring, heavy rain. It actually turned out to be a good day to drive as photography was all but out of the question with only one good stop at a waterfall for ten minutes. Lets just say good rain gear is well worth the price as it was the only way to stay dry.
|The treeless route|
As I arrived in the little village of Torridon the rain let up and I was able to set up my tent. The town runs a little campsite. I hear it is busy in the summer but at the end of October it was all but empty with just one other camper there. I found a somewhat dry patch and put the tent up.
Then it was out to the glen and I caught some nice light at sunset.
I had three nights here and that would give me two full days to explore. I had picked out a hike I wanted to do around Beinn Eighe to the Triple Buttress on the north side of the mountain. It was about 9 miles round trip. I spent a little time in the glen in the morning and left mid-morning spending the rest of the day on the hike.
This was a treeless hike. Not one tree seen the entire way. Just big mountains, streams, waterfalls, rocks and emptiness. It was fantastic! The weather was windy and mostly cloudy but I did get just a few minutes where the sun popped out along the hike.
When I reached the Triple Buttress, I found shelter from the howling wind on the leeward side of a rock to have a snack, drink some water, and look at the surrounding peaks. Next trip I think I will backpack up for a night of wild camping here.
I spent most of the afternoon making my way back down to the car getting there right at sunset. I photographed and took my time. This was what I had been hoping for and this was a good day. That night as I sat by my tent cooking Scotch Broth I was still in awe with the area.
There were several possible hikes I had seen in the area and (again just like Skye) did not have enough time to do them all. I decided to do a hike north west of the village into the region under Beinn Alligin. Here was a long valley between towering peaks. There was a very small section of remnant forest here. As in just a few acres and it was fenced to keep the deer out. The rest was again all but treeless.
I followed a stream through the valley that had waterfall after waterfall. The stream entered a small gorge and just kept getting more scenic. I stopped for so many pictures that by lunch I had not even gone two miles.
I also found what I thought would be a great location for a sunset and planned to go back. It was very overcast but I hoped the light might happen at sunset.
During an afternoon rain, I spent some time in the afternoon exploring one of those small sections of forest. Really amazing that a forest might only be 4 acres.
As the day waned I hiked back up the Valley under Beinn Alligin to a wasterfall with a view west hoping for sunset, but it never happened. It was just a gray sunset. I hiked back to the car in the gathering dark still as content as one could hope for. No it was not a sunset, but I was in the Scottish Highlands camping in the rain!!!
So I wrapped up my day time in Torridon in a light fog and mist. I packed my wet tent up and headed north again. I was off to find second breakfast in Ullapool.