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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Saturday, 7 June 2014

LONG AND WINDING ROAD. (07/06/14)

I suspect that this post is going to be a bit protracted. I should have got up and away much earlier than I did. It has been a wonderful day.

I had another wander round Ullapool as I needed to stock up._MG_2078  This superb old caravan was parked behind me when we went out for our first walk. I expected it to be towed by a vintage Bentley or something similarly exotic. It was being pulled by a Range Rover.

_MG_2080   Loch Broom, it has been like this for two days now. A fellow blogger called Annie lives here. I shouted Annie as loud as I could but she is either deaf or wisely kept her head down.

_MG_2082   Loch Broom Hardware…There is not much this shop doesn’t sell but it doesn’t sell suction tube. Just as well, I only needed a bit and managed to scrounge some from a fellow camper. I saw him struggling to fit adapters to it and in exchange for my fitting them I pinched a couple of feet.

_MG_2083   I’ve never been in here. They probably wouldn’t let me in. I suspect the dogs would be frowned upon. I drink in the Arch Inn.

_MG_2084     The Town Clock…..all of it this time.

It was time to get on my way. It was a journey to be savoured. I took the A837 north for a few miles, then west into a stunning are called Assynt.

_MG_2085     Suilven and Canisp with it’s head in the clouds.

_MG_2089     Loch Assynt and Ardvreck Castle. I was going to stop for a closer look but a couple of coaches were disgorging their contents so I carried on.

_MG_2092    Loch Assynt.

Just before Lochinver I turned onto the B869 for the last five miles of my journey.

suilven_Panorama1    I stopped for one last panorama. The mountains are from left to right, Canisp, Suilven, Cul Mor and I think Stac Pollaidh.

I arrived safe and sound and went for a quick look at the beach.

_MG_2095 Clachtoll Bay, my home for the next ten days. The beach is five minutes walk from the van. Lots of things here. Skylarks by the dozen, Orchids, some beautiful orange and greyish brown moths and other things like Dragonflies.

I can see it being fun here.

37 comments:

  1. Hi Adrian I love that little caravan and it was great seeing the whole'clock in town. Now you scenes are so beautiful and the beach when you are now for 10 days looks lovely. the dogs will enjoy it. Have a marvelous weekend.

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    1. Margaret, isn't it a gem. The beach will slowly migrate into the van. I'll have fun here.

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  2. Nice looking beach ~ snorkelling?

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    1. Carol, no way, the water is freezing.

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  3. Me gusta esa caravana será antigua pero es muy chula:))
    Has encontrado un buen lugar para pasar unos días, el paisaje es muy bonito.
    Ya estamos en casa de nuevo.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, es una vieja caravana, Espero que hayan tenido unas buenas vacaciones.

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  4. Brilliant scenery, each picture. You have been a happy man.

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    1. Bob, yes perfect weather. I'm happy.

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  5. That beach at the place you are staying looks fantastic, have a great stay


    peter

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    1. Peter, I'll have a good look round.

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  6. Wonderful series of views. And what a charming old caravan!

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    1. Monica, yes it is. It is always good to start the day off well.

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  7. Sorry Adrian, I didn't hear you! Beautiful pictures, very familiar scenery. My home!

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    1. Annie, that's okay. I suspect the pictures would have been better if I'd edited them without my sunglasses on.

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  8. Amazing views that just got better as I moved through the post moved. Unfortunately as I have never been to area, I can only compare it with a hybrid of knowledge I have of things further south such as Loch Eilt (image 8)and Arisaig / Morar(image 10). Be nice to hear your opinion of how they compare and if you can inspire me.

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    1. Jay, the pines on an island are a recurring theme. This area is bigger Assynt seems to go on for ages. The beach is not as good as the ones around Durness but it looks fine. I'll have another look over the next week.

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  9. Such familiar places. These days I only pass through them. I never stay. Shame really. I think the last time I stayed at that bay was when the campsite was very primitive and I was 16!

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    1. Graham, I only heard about Clachtoll this winter, it seems to be well worth a visit. I have intermittent internet here and only just noticed how bad the pictures are. I edited them with my sunglasses on. I'll try and get round to re-doing them but it was a bit hazy so perhaps not worth it.

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  10. Fantastic little caravan regardless of what pulls it. Nice to see all of the town clock and the posh hotel before you left. You had some wonderful views along the way and look to be in a great spot now.

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    1. Pauline, It was an excellent day. The weather has been very good so far this summer. It's raining as I write but should clear by dawn,

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  11. The old trailer (caravan) is really cool. This must be what we would call home made.There was some imagination put into this one.

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    1. Red, we call them homemade as well. It is a little beauty but I would think twice before towing it.

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    2. Yes, it's not very aerodynamic so the wind would catch as your pulling it.

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  12. I don't think that I could leave that area Adrian, it is just beautiful. You are one lucky man.

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    1. Gary, it is stunning, I quite like the rain in summer but it is starting to get midgy.

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  13. When I saw that first image Adrian I thought you were going to tell us that you'd traded your van in for an up market model?
    Beautiful scenery from your journey and the new 'home' looks just as stunning...looking forward to exploring it with you...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, the landscapes are awful. I had the camera on small RAW. Don't know how but I only had a third of the amount of information to play with and hit them with my usual subtly, It didn't help forgetting I still had my sunglasses on. It wasn't too bright but I find they are handy when giving young ladies the once over..

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  14. Cannot believe the old caravan even has what looks like leaded windows very posh!
    I really liked the panoramic shot and the bay at which you are saying at looks a pretty good spot too.
    P.S I accidentally hit the delete button on my blog on the comments section if you don't mind redoing your comment
    Sorry

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    1. Douglas, it cheered me up when I saw it. Internet here is hit and miss but I'm just in from the second walk so will get onto the job, I made a mess of yesterdays photos but I should be back to normal today.

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  15. I LOVE the caravan. And those views are magic, Adrian.

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    1. Frances, the romantic in me is crying out for such a caravan but pulled by a giant Heavy Horse. I could shoot whilst I was driving. I only need to win the lottery, It would be the life and I'd have another beautiful animal in the family.

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    2. I have a (fairly) giant heavy horse, but he's terrified of caravans and those who pull them What a shame. That could have been a match made in ...well, a match anyway.

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    3. I was thinking Clydesdale or Suffolk Punch. They are strong and docile.

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  16. Lovely to see Stac Polly as I think we called it when we climbed it back on a golden day in the 1970s. We were relaxing in the heather on too when jets came through below us! New experience fir us Aussie bush walkers! Jean

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    1. Jean, yes that is what people call it. We don't have as many jets now but they still fly up the glens from time to time.

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  17. I remember travelling in a similar caravan, when I was little ... it was horse drawn then ... nice and slow ... so we kids had enough time to hop on and off to steal apples off people's trees :)

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    1. Cat, the slow pace of life appeals but the hardships don't.

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