Day 1 (26 March)
Out the door about 10:30 this morning after 3 hours of running around the house (plus a trip to the supermarket to buy something for lunch).
I’m on my way to Eigg. It’s one of the Small Isles, just south of Skye.
To get there you take a Calmac ferry from Mallaig. It leaves at 10:20 – only 3 times a week in winter (summer timetables start with April). Mallaig is a 3.5 hour drive from my house. In theory I could leave home at 6am and be on time. In reality, any delay would mean missing it and a 2 day wait for the next one!
Much safer to spend the night in a bed & breakfast in Roy Bridge (close to Fort William). A 1 hour drive from Mallaig.
In fact I decided to get the 8:30 train tomorrow from Fort William to Mallaig – I can sit and enjoy the views.
The weather was sunny and warm, so I decided on a 12km hike near Roy Bridge this afternoon – to Coire Ardair at Creag Meagaidh, and back.
One of the highlights was being able to grab a handful of snow to rub on my face and neck to cool down. Perfect.
Tired now (10pm). All that fresh mountain air and exercise!
ⓒ iain taylor, 2017