Highlights from 5 days based in Torridon

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Travel days to a distant destination can be tedious, unless interspersed with lots of walks. Exploring every nook and cranny of Dunkeld charmed with its white-washed houses and cathedral ruins beside the huge larches and the tranquil flow of the broad River Tay. After lunch, we hiked some pathless terrain in the Rothiemurchus forest to reach the summit of a hill that gives one of the most atmospheric views of this ancient Caledonian pine forest set against the backdrop of the misty grey Cairngorm Mountains.

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With a worsening weather forecast over the coming week, we opted to ascend the nearby Beinn Damh next day. We experienced two worlds: the lower one of the steep Torridon Mountains dramatically descending into a sea loch; the upper one rising into the ethereal world of cloud. 

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on the path to the summit of Beinn Damh

Now I'll leave  the pictures to tell of some other highlights....

 Enjoying Sparkie the collie at the Glenelg brochs.

Enjoying Sparkie the collie at the Glenelg brochs.

 We chanced upon a wedding shoot at Eilean Donan castle complete with misty backdrop.

We chanced upon a wedding shoot at Eilean Donan castle complete with misty backdrop.

 Balancing stones on a beach near Applecross with Skye in the background

Balancing stones on a beach near Applecross with Skye in the background

 The view from our B&B looking across Loch Torridon to Shieldaig

The view from our B&B looking across Loch Torridon to Shieldaig

 Christopher ventures along the cable bridge up Glen Nevis - one of the stop off walks on the return leg.

Christopher ventures along the cable bridge up Glen Nevis - one of the stop off walks on the return leg.

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