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)
Early morning sun walking into Coire an t Sneachda
Braeriach, Angel's Peak and Cairn Toul from the Ben Macdui approach
Fresh snow on Macdui
On the rounded summit of Ben Macdui with Braeriach behind
Wandering up Cairn Gorm
Day 2. Tandem twitching nervously at Shieldaig at the prospect of being unloaded for the Bealach Na Ba!
Summit of the Bealach - feeling chuffed - we did it non-stop!!
Wheel-cooling stop on the descent to Applecross
Glorious Applecross peninsula road
North-west corner - feeling tired but happy - lots more climbing to come though
Day 3: Torridon. A traverse of Liathach
Phenomenal first view of Beinn Alligin from the far eastern end of the ridge
Massive Beinn Eighe looking back east
On the first Top - Stuc a Choire Dhuibh Bhig
Wee shelter for lunch on the second Top
Clambering on Liathach's first Munro - Spidean a Choire Leith
The rest of the Liathach reveals itself
Another awesome sight of Beinn Alligin
Looking down towards the Am Fasarinen pinnacles
Kim on the bypass path!!
On the airy path around the pinnacles - 3000 feet straight down to the road!
Loch Torridon from the second Munro summit - Mullach an Rathain
The end of the ridge - time to descend
Daisy has loyally waited all day to whisk us back up the road to the motorhome at the start of the walk
The sun sets of Beinn Alligin and Lithach at the end of a brilliant mountain day
Day 4: Rest day - looking for a coffee shop on a cycle from Sligachan down into Glen Eynort - and why not?
A couple of funny characters spotted on the way
Perfect spot to take in the view
Evening positioning drive down into Glen Brittle to camp at the foot of tomorrow's climb
Day 5: Kim ascends Coire na Banachdich heading for the Cuillin ridge
Up on the ridge at the col below Sgurr na Banachdich
Scrambling up Sgurr na Banachdich
Awesome view to Rum and Canna
Munro summit of Sgurr na Banachdich, looking to Sgurr Dearg, Sgurr Mhic Choinnich and Sgurr Alasdair
Me on the summit of Sgurr na Banachdich
Yet another obstacle on the ridge to scramble around
Yet another picture of Kim in the buff!! Blaven through the window behind.
Kim re-climbs Sgurr Dearg, looking for that Inaccessible Pinnacle
We find the pinnacle, with climbers on top of course
The Inaccessible Pinnacle (been there, done that!)
The most stunning walk off imaginable into the late afternoon sun towards Soay and Rum
Looking back to the part of the ridge we climbed up to Sgurr na Banachdich
Walking off Sgurr Dearg's western ridge
Quick coffee stop on the way down to enjoy the view
Walking out, back down to Glen Brittle
Walking out of the Cuillin
View south towards Rum and Eigg
Day 6: circuit of the bonkers Quiraing
Top of the hill above the Quirang - I need a shave - she needs a shampoo!!
The Prison and The Storr beyond
Wandering through the Quiraing
Sun setting on the top of the switchback road up to the Quiraing (to be done on the tandem one day!!)
Our perfect little home for the week awaits in the low afternoon sun in the Quiraing car park
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