Scotland cont...

Team Grimsby
(from left to right) Dave Wright, moi, Dave Bradbeer, Howard Bunn, Alan Daws & Ian Shepherd

Inverour Guest House, Spean Bridge.
We stayed here for 3 nights. A poster can now be found on the door with a mug shot of a man wearing cheap, made in Hong Kong, fluorescent sunglasses - accompanied by the word "BANNED"

Flower sp. on the Cairngorms - any ideas?
The flower is Starry Saxifrage - thanks Steve

An epic ascent of the treacherous Cairngorm mountains

During our attack on the mighty Cairngorms we thought we'd reached a dead end but then (unfortunately) Howard spotted a steep poor excuse of a path alongside the right hand side mountain face which would clearly involve some rock climbing with bare hands (click pic to see the path from hell that I'm on about). Six of us went to Scotland, one (rather sensibly considering the temp was 86 degrees) decided not to even attempt the Cairngorms, another went no further when he saw the above path, the remaining four idiots went for it.

First to the top.
There's life in the old dogs yet.

Just like a walk in the park
Content to take a bronze medal, yours truly felt it would be a nice gesture to let the (much) older Howard & Dave be the first two to make the summit (thats not sweat by the way, I'd just poured a bottle of water over me - honest).

Last to the summit & thus just outside the medals - Al.
Shame there were no sheep up there to spur you on eh Al?

Cairngorms plateau

Cairngorms - you know you're high when you can see snow below you in July.

A trip to Scotland isn't complete without a pic of the Red Cyril

Birch Saw Fly
The only other place I've seen this whopper fly is at Crowle

Rhagium bifasciatum (thanks to Adrian & Steve for the ID)

Some of the team just couldn't live with the pace

Abernethy Forest - home to the big black turkey

Iona - fabulous place
It just felt like you was in the med when you looked at the clearness of the water & the white sandy beaches. Flowers & wildlife thrive here (presumably warmed by the gulf stream?).

Northern Marsh Orchid

Loch Morlich early morning

Without doubt one of the RSPB's best reserves

After waiting 4 and a quarter hours for a Pine Marten to show the man above decided to go to the toilet - you can guess what happened next....

With plenty of the above habitat around it wasn't surprising that Common Sandpipers, Dippers, & Grey Wagtails were common.

Big place this Scotland


  1. looks like a great place and that you all had a great time.Nice images!!

  2. We have done that walk many times, but worth it, some nice images Chris

  3. Thanks for the kind remarks guys


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