a week at Inverkirkaig

1 – 8 April 2013

After a tough start to 2013, with work pressure, flu and an ear infection, we were glad to get away for a week at Easter to the NW of Scotland.  Our week coincided with a week of high pressure – cold, clear days – and so we were out and about in the countryside  every day: travelled up to Inverness on Sunday after 7am Easter morning service; on across to Lochinver on Monday with many, many photo stops;  Stac Pollaidh on Tuesday;  Suilven on Wednesday; Clachtoll beach on Thursday; Stoer Point on Friday; Culag Woods on Saturday; River Inver and GlenCanisp Lodge on Sunday; home on Monday!

Our base was a lovely eco-cabin at Inverkirkaig.  Despite temperatures around 0°C most days, we were very cosy indoors thanks to passive solar heating (big windows) and sheep’s wool insulation.  We only needed to use the log burner a couple of times.  Highly recommended.

Lazy Bed Cabin, Inverkirkaig

With clear, blue skies, and snow on all the hills, Sutherland was looking stunning.  Before we even got to our cabin, I had been busy with the camera, stopping at almost every lay-by for yet another photo!

Kessock Bridge

Kessock Bridge

An Teallach, above Loch Droma

An Teallach, above Loch Droma

Anne at Ardmair, with Ben Mor Coigach behind

Anne at Ardmair, with Ben Mor Coigach behind

Stac Pollaidh, from Strathcanaird

Stac Pollaidh, from Strathcanaird

Suilven, from Elphin

Suilven, from Elphin

 

Suilven looked inviting as we drove up through Elphin.  However, when we continued on around Loch Assynt, we found it plastered with snow, so it looked like we would need to approach the long way, from the southern side.

Suilven, from the north

Suilven, from the north

 

Anyway, that was a decision for later in the week.  For now, it was time to find to our lovely log cabin at Inverkirkaig, just south of Lochinver.   We were welcomed by Gita, the owner, and soon settled in.   A beautiful spot!

Inverkirkaig Bay

Inverkirkaig Bay - our cabin was behind the orange tree in the middle of the picture

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