This winter scene near Glencoe Scotland is of Loch Tulla
and is one of many pictures of Scotland's mountains which
I have in the gallery. Loch Tulla, Bridge of Orchy .lies
next to the vast expanse of the Moor Of Rannoch. A vast
trackless area full of water and peat bogs and yet so
appealing. The first time I took real notice of the moor
was witnessing my first dawn from the top of a mountain
in Glen Coe. Watching the sunrise over the Lochs and Lochans,
it took on a new face, more than just another moor.
I have wandered up Loch Laidon from Rannoch Station several
times and and often thought about walking across the Moor,
maybe someday. But this thought is not to be taken lightly,
Rannoch Moor's wild beauty on a good day is a serious
walk, but with it's lochs and small lochans, burns and
peat hags and it's flatness it becomes a serious expidition
in bad weather.
From the flatness of Rannoch Moor to the glorious heights
of Glen Coe. Even to-day rounding the corner on the A
82 and being confronted with the majesty of the Buachaille
I never fail to be overawed by the sight.
The memories come flooding back, happy and sad, the nights
spent under a bridge in the Glen after a days climbing
and nights drinking in the Kingshouse with special friends,
of my best pal Jimmy Buchanan who in later years died
on the North face of Ben Nevis. Jimmy loved Scotland and
in particular Glencoe, the Buachaille was his favourite
and each time I pass we have a wee blether.