Tuesday 19 July 2011

Torrachilty and Toille - Holiday in the Far North and West of Scotland - Day 12.

Hal and Rafe take shelter in Torrachilty Forest

The weather forecast was a bit dodgy today, wind and rain on the west coast. So a road trip further east was planned. After a drive around Loch Achilry and Loch Meig (looking for potential canoe outings) we stopped for a walk in Torrachilty Forest, near Contin, with the dogs. The weather was gray and cool, but we had a pleasant walk up to the Viewing Stone and back, with, as usual in Forestry Commission woods, plenty of space and freedom for Hal and Rafe. We had a spot of lunch in Stathpeffer and a bit of a look around the town.

Red Kite checking out the area
before committing  flying down for lunch

We then went up to Tollie to see the Red Kites being fed. Well worth a visit, Toille is manned by knowledgeable and friendly local volunteers.

Red Kite over Toille

By the time we had seen the red kites having a snack, mobbing crows, ospreys over Loch Ussie and two greater spotted woodpeckers giving each other grief, it was time to head back to the rather wet west.

There were no mountains to be seen above Kinlochewe this evening as we took our regular evening walk along to the Beinn Eighe NNR Visitor Centre.

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