I have recently started back onto shifts and so I have a few days here and there that I can have to myself. Due to a short run of nightshifts, I’ve had a long weekend, Friday to Sunday. I managed to keep most of Friday to myself, after having a sleep, and with B away to the Highland Show as part of his work, I thought the boys and I could explore the Highlands!
To make sense I need to go back a week. Last weekend B and I went for a drive with the dogs around Loch Ness.
We had a few stops and short walks and then enjoyed some fish and chips.
It wasn’t until after we had stuffed our bellies full of food that we stumbled across a gorgeous woodland walk called: Allt na Criche. Unfortunately, with rather full bellies, we didn’t walk as far as I would’ve liked, only about a half hour or so, but I liked what I had seen:
So fast forward to this Friday, I am at home with the boys and at a loose end with B away. So I took the perfect opportunity to drive all the way back to Allt na Criche, and I took one of the longer paths. I would like to take this opportunity to drive home the fact I went on my own!! On my own, with both dogs! We had a little setback with Zeph last week with a runner and a loose dog having a go at Zeph but I am taking the victory that despite my still useless hand (!), and a dog back to square one essentially on his training, I went on my own! I am feeling very pleased with myself. Anyway, back to the woods! It was a pleasantly warm day, and the woods weren’t too busy. The pups and I had a lovely walk:
It amounted to about an hour with us only covering about 2 and a half miles, but he had a nice stop at the top of the hill and a little break.
And then onto more adventuring:
Before heading back the car for a much needed drink of water and a cuddle:
Our plan for Saturday had been to go camping. We packed up the truck, tent, dog beds etc and off we headed toward to Loch Assynt. We chose this location because I’ve read that you can camp right on the loch side which would’ve been great. Anyway, off we trooped, all of us in tow.
It’s quite a drive and as always on any long journey we stop for various walks, and I can’t remember the name of the first walk we stopped at and bizarrely we didn’t take any pictures! So I’m not really sure why I mention it…Anyway, as we drew closer and closer to Loch Assynt, the rain began. And it got heavier. And heavier.
The picture really doesn’t capture the high winds and battering rain. It was pretty miserable. And nothing worse than sharing a tent with wet dogs. We made the decision to drive a loop back to our house (2 hours in the car) and if we saw anywhere good to camp and it wasn’t raining we would stop. Well the weather didn’t get too much better although it did stop raining but the closer we drove back to the house, the allure of our own bed and a hot cuppa was too much. We ditched the idea of camping, at least for this week.
However, we did stumble across another woodland walk: Lael Forest and Forest Garden. It was a good point to stop to give the boys a break from sitting in the car and B and I needed the stretch as well. This is a lovely forest walk near Ullapool on the A835, if anyone is interested. There is plenty of sensible walking and picnic benches in the two carparks so you can waste a few hours here. All in all, the boys had fun, B included, and there are some spectacular trees there:
By the time we drove home, we were greeted with clear blue skies and no winds. Perhaps we should’ve waited a little longer at the Loch, but you never can tell
By this morning, the clear blue skies and sunshine have amounted to a glorious heat of about 20 degrees. It is now officially the height of summer in Inverness. We were somewhat frustrated by the fact we had abandoned camping only to be taunted by such beautiful weather. So to try and make the most of it, we headed off in the car for a third day running. Our destination today, Glen Affric. It is gorgeous. The walk we did was just over an hour, although you could easily stretch this woodland out for a half day if you picnic too. The dogs had a great time! as did we, and there were plenty of streams for everyone to cool off:
As you can see it has been a very busy weekend. The dogs are sound asleep already, and I am not far behind them I think.