Biking and Hiking Chapter Two

18th October 2014, 58 photos.

Fantastic week of hillwalking and tandeming in the Cairngorms, Torridon and Skye, using the motorhome to its full advantage and "following the weather". It just so happens that for the second year running the weather took us the pretty much the best places it possibly could have. We feel very lucky.

Day 1. Ready for Ben Macdui (bit of a cheat)

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Early morning sun walking into Coire an t Sneachda

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Gorgeous walk in

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Braeriach, Angel's Peak and Cairn Toul from the Ben Macdui approach

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Fresh snow on Macdui

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On the rounded summit of Ben Macdui with Braeriach behind

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Wandering up Cairn Gorm

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Day 2. Tandem twitching nervously at Shieldaig at the prospect of being unloaded for the Bealach Na Ba!

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Summit of the Bealach - feeling chuffed - we did it non-stop!!

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Wheel-cooling stop on the descent to Applecross

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Glorious Applecross peninsula road

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North-west corner - feeling tired but happy - lots more climbing to come though

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Day 3: Torridon. A traverse of Liathach

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Climbing Liathach

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Phenomenal first view of Beinn Alligin from the far eastern end of the ridge

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Massive Beinn Eighe looking back east

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On the first Top - Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig

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Wee shelter for lunch on the second Top

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Clambering on Liathach's first Munro - Spidean a Choire Leith

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The rest of the Liathach reveals itself

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Another awesome sight of Beinn Alligin

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Looking down towards the Am Fasarinen pinnacles

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Kim on the bypass path!!

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On the airy path around the pinnacles - 3000 feet straight down to the road!

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Loch Torridon from the second Munro summit - Mullach an Rathain

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The end of the ridge - time to descend

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Daisy has loyally waited all day to whisk us back up the road to the motorhome at the start of the walk

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The sun sets of Beinn Alligin and Lithach at the end of a brilliant mountain day

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Day 4: Rest day - looking for a coffee shop on a cycle from Sligachan down into Glen Eynort - and why not?

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A couple of funny characters spotted on the way

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Perfect spot to take in the view

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Evening positioning drive down into Glen Brittle to camp at the foot of tomorrow's climb

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Day 5: Kim ascends Coire na Banachdich heading for the Cuillin ridge

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Up on the ridge at the col below Sgurr na Banachdich

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Scrambling up Sgurr na Banachdich

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Awesome view to Rum and Canna

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Munro summit of Sgurr na Banachdich, looking to Sgurr Dearg, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and Sgurr Alasdair

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Me on the summit of Sgurr na Banachdich

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Yet another obstacle on the ridge to scramble around

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Yet another picture of Kim in the buff!! Blaven through the window behind.

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Kim re-climbs Sgurr Dearg, looking for that Inaccessible Pinnacle

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We find the pinnacle, with climbers on top of course

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The Inaccessible Pinnacle (been there, done that!)

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The most stunning walk off imaginable into the late afternoon sun towards Soay and Rum

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Looking back to the part of the ridge we climbed up to Sgurr na Banachdich

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Walking off Sgurr Dearg's western ridge

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Quick coffee stop on the way down to enjoy the view

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Walking out, back down to Glen Brittle

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Walking out of the Cuillin

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View south towards Rum and Eigg

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Day 6: circuit of the bonkers Quiraing

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The Quirang

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Top of the hill above the Quirang - I need a shave - she needs a shampoo!!

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The Prison and The Storr beyond

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Wandering through the Quiraing

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Sun setting on the top of the switchback road up to the Quiraing (to be done on the tandem one day!!)

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Our perfect little home for the week awaits in the low afternoon sun in the Quiraing car park

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Day 7: The Long Drive. Not a bad light show near Glamaig while heading back towwards Speyside for a warm-down cycle and the last night of an amazing week

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18th October 2014, 58 photos. View this album in Flickr.