Trip up to the Highlands with UCL's Hiking and Walking Club. There were five of us: two leaders (Ryan and Napoleon) and three girls (Emily, Liucija, and me). The photos are a bit out of order since I used two cameras (my good one in good weather and my crappy one in crappy weather).
We flew from London Luton to Inverness - we were really afraid our flight would be cancelled because of the volcano eruption in Iceland, but fortunately everything worked out fine. We rented a car in Inverness and headed out to the Isle of Skye.
|First stop en route from Inverness to Skye.|
|There were deer.|
|The rain runs down the mountains in little rivulets.|
We had to cross so many of them.
|This is the place where legends are made.|
|At Skyewalker Hostel. The hostel was very friendly to hikers|
and outdoorsy people - there was a drying room specifically
so we could hang up all our kit to dry - VERY necessary after
our long hike.
|Our rental car.|
|The hostel came complete with a glass dome in the backyard.|
We spent one evening in there with some Scottish beer and
|Wheelbarrow in the hostel yard.|
|What would a trip to Scotland be without a visit to a distillery?|
|Is that the sun??|
|Ryan - our trusted driver.|
|Two days after our hike the sun was shining (briefly, anyway).|
We stopped by the beginning our hike to get some photos.
|Napoleon photographs me. I photograph him back.|
|A loch from the car.|
|Napoleon is also a photographer.|
|Eilean Donan Castle.|
|Castle and Emily.|
|Napoleon, Ryan, and Emily.|
|Urquhart Castle at the edge of Loch Ness.|
|There were walls that were PERFECT for climbing. ;-)|
|After a few days in Skye we went to Inverness for a couple days.|
We went for a short hike around Loch Ness.
|Emily keeps an eye on the weather.|
|Ryan is optimistic with shades.|
|Liucija takes pictures of us.|
|Napoleon helps Emily figure out which|
path we should take.
|Teamwork - Ryan and Napoleon,|
plus GPS and map.
|Ryan on the bank of Loch Ness.|
|A tree grows at the edge of Loch Ness.|
|A portrait within a portrait.|
|No monster sightings. :-(|
|Delicious meal at a restaurant en route.|
|The souvenir shop had a great Nessie hat. |
Ryan was happy to pose in it for me.
|Our fellowship in Inverness - the capital of the highlands.|
L-R: Liucija, Napoleon, Emily, Ryan.
|Inverness. It was after 10pm here.|
|Napoleon taught me how to use some|
fancy settings on my camera. Ryan complied
with my photographic demands as I tested
|Photographing Napoleon photographing me.|
|Look closely - Napoleon's photo of me photographing back.|
|Liucija and Napoleon look through his photos. Ryan organizes.|
|Back to the hike (crappy camera). The path.|
|We decided it was very much like being in LOTR.|
|The river that stood between us and the continuation of the path.|
|Ryan and Napoleon found a bit further down the river that|
was easier to cross. Here - helping Emily across to safety.
|The river snaking through the glen.|
|River Number Two - Ryan and Napoleon find a suitable part|
to cross. This one involved Ryan crossing, Napoleon throwing
our bags across to him, us jumping about three feet across to
the opposite bank where Ryan caught us.
|We were debating that morning about whether we should go|
on the hike. We decided it was better to attempt it and turn
back if necessary (saying we'd tried). We decided it would
be 'memorable' - one way or another.
|Cold and wet. I wasn't expecting it to be this cold. Napoleon|
lent me a scarf and, soon after this photo, a hat. He also provided
the little hand warmer things.
|Where we stopped for lunch.|
|You can't travel to rural Britain without seeing sheep.|
Or 'dinner', as Napoleon affectionately called them.
|There was mud along the way that was quite|
literally ankle deep.
|With a waterfall!|
|Stopping to see some castle ruins.|
|Oh hello there.|
|Sheep and Emily.|
|The port in Portree - the biggest 'village' in Skye. It was a 30|
minute drive from our hostel - and contained the closest
|Liucija playing Jenga in the glass dome.|
|The hostel had a painting of a hairy coo on|
the wall. I saw a few real hairy coos (with babies!),
but we were in the car and I didn't get a photo.
|Sunny! But windy. Outside the distillery.|