This may only be a shaky handheld job on my little pocket camera (fujifilm finepix a500) but is one of the three pics I’m proudest of …ever…. and it still makes my heart lurch every time I see it!
It had been six and a half hour walk in and up from sea level to that point and comprised more rock scrambling than I had ever envisaged and a heartstoppingly precarious walk along the ridge. I had carried a small tripod every step of the way but the others waiting wanted to press on with even harder descent and 4 hour return trip so I had no chance to set up……..
The view looks back over Loch Hourn into the highlands from the top of Ladhar Bheinn, or ‘hoof hill’ ‘one of the finest mountains in Scotland with narrow rocky ridges and spectacular corries’ (Scottish Mountaineering Club Guide). It is 1020m but we had scrambled up and down on the jagged ridge repeatedly so had climbed considerably more.
The last snows of the winter look reassuringly solid in this pic but in fact stood proud of the mountain leaving the sheer drop visible beneath.
We had sailed into knoydart the most remote penisula on the scottish mainland from Mallaig into the hamlet of Inververie which is inaccessible by road, only by sea or a demanding walk of many miles. It is graced with the fantastic Old Forge pub with superb meals and imprompu nightly ceilidhs which walkers and sailors really enjoy! Deer roamed the gardens and early next morning I got the precious shot of morning gems
Looking back in an amazing place
For full details see heartbeat ridge
Ladhar Bheinn, in the remote scottish knoydart peninsula
For an idea of scale see also hey wait for me
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