|High on Beinn Tarsuinn - feeling good
to be back among mountains
|Part of the wild life
|Path up Goatfell
|18ft Standing Stone on Machrie Moor
I was reminded of a time on Ben Nevis when Hamish Brown, just returned from Ireland, was so happy to be back in familiar surroundings he was jumping up and down with excitement while proclaiming "I don't wanna go down". I know what he meant! We climbed Goatfell too (874m) by an amazingly well constructed stony path that must have taken years to complete.
On another dreich day the sacred landscape of Machrie Moor transported us back 4,500 years as we explored it's stone circles, cairned burial chamber and giant standing stones. By contrast, the ruined Lochranza Castle only dated back to a comparatively recent 13th century.
|The pretty village of Corrie
Further imminent storms strafing across the Atlantic in the path of Hurricane Katia forced an early departure from the island, but our appetites were well and truly whetted, enough to ensure a return visit in the not too distand future - but hopefully in more clement weather.