Way Out West

6th May 2012, 48 photos.

Club flyout to the west coast. At last the weather allows a flyout to take place again, although it did try its best to prevent us from leaving on Friday. Base camp for two nights was established on the Gigha airstrip from which some went to Northern Ireland and my mini-squadron flew to the Island of Coll, for a bbq lunch on the sand dunes, and Mull, via a spectacular Hebridean backdrop. And challenged myself to grab a photo of each final approach - without crashing!

On the way. Arran broods in the evening sun

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Over Goat Fell on Arran

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Gigha ahead, with Islay beyond

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Descending over the village at Gigha

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Final approach at Gigha from west to east

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Base camp

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Trikes, tents and turbines

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Twin beaches on Gigha where James and I wild camped last summer

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Kim over Jura, Scarba and the Corryvreckan

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Small plane, big landscape. Kim leads us past Ben More, Mull

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The ever-spectacular Calgary Bay, Mull

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Island of Coll with Tiree in the distance

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Descending to the amazing new runway at Coll

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Unmistakable Hebridean beaches, downwind to land at Coll with Tiree in the distance

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Final approach to Coll

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Kim lands at Coll

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Gordon and Jill about to land at Coll

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Coll Aerodrome

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Welcome to Coll

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Are they trying to tell us something?

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Cows on the beach, Coll

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Lunch in the dunes on Coll

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Me and my microlight at Coll airfield

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Kim lines up for departure from Coll

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Amazing north-west coast of Coll

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Amazing north-west coast of Coll

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Yet more white sand and turquoise water

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Almost at the north end of Coll

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Northern tip of Coll

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Glenforsa airfield, Mull

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Final approach to Glenforsa on Mull

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Refilled with tea and petrol, Gordon and Jill about to depart Mull

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Lined up for takeoff from Mull as Gordon and Jill climb out

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Mull magic

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The bridge over the Atlantic - Seil Island

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Home sweet home - Gigha approaches again

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Gigha

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Final approach to Gigha - east to west this time

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Tied down for another night at Gigha

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Microlights put to bed so the owners can go to the pub

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Achamore Gardens, Gigha. Walking off the hangovers before flying home

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Achamore Gardens

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Newly-wed microlighters, David and Natalie in the bamboo, Achamore

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Flying team - Natalie, David, Jill, Gordon, Kim, me

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Microlights at Gigha ready to fly home

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Homeward bound, over Bute

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Nearly home

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Watching the jets land beneath us at Edinburgh

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6th May 2012, 48 photos. View this album in Flickr.