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Summer vs Winter

The Shiants

The Shiants

Summer Hailstones!

Summer Hailstones!

After spending a night at Loch Maaruig, off Loch Seaforth, we went up the latter as far as navigable to climb Guainemol and Muithabhal. Back aboard, we were suddenly closely overflown by a tight group of vintage aeroplanes, three from WWII and a WW1 biplane. In response to our waves we got a waggle of wings and a burst of coloured smoke. That night was spent behind Eilean Hingerstay in Loch Claidh. Today, in beautiful weather, we went further north, passing the Shiants on the way to Loch Shell, where we met an extended wintery shower. Back in sunshine, we dropped the hook in Tob Eisken – a nice spot with with well-maintained lodge, grounds, estate houses and cottages. Short wintery showers persisted, but did not prevent the ascent of Feirihisval. During dinner a sudden blatter of large hailstones allowed a wintery photo to contrast with the morning’s summery one. We will not go up to Stornoway on this occasion, as the inner harbour is closed for dredging, and will probably cross the Minch to Wester Ross from here.

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