Best Hike I had @ Quiraing on 12Jun2017 (Day 4 Fort Williams/Isle of Skye Trip 9-14Jun2017)

quiraing from carpark

it was really no fun getting wet. & it’s like raining all the time.

wife’s adage – just assume it will rain, be properly attired with all the rain gears, and roll on…wife later made good her advise, and bought me proper rain gears..but that was later.

quiraing from carpark

so we arrived at quiraing carpark after the beautiful walk at brothers point,

waited in the car for the rain to get lighter, ventured out for a short 50m, and was forced back by the rain.

my rain resistant parka was not much resistant, and my jeans and boots were wet through.

so defeated, we retreated to uig lodge, and discovered they had wonderful tasting mussels pot. 

we checked into our uig lodge room. and i used the dryer to dry my jeans & our boots. suitably rested & with dry gears, i was ready for war again, taking advantage of a short spell of dry weather.

quiraing from carpark

so we were back at quiraing carpark. it’s more crowded, and groups of hikers had gone up maybe 1hr earlier & trooping back when we ascended.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

this must be the most beautiful ladnscape i have seen, outside of craggy coastlines like cornwall, exmoor & wales.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

and the best hike ever!

nikko’s senjogahara marshland hike was beautiful, but not like this!

and the thrilling bukhansan hike was tougher than this, and beautiful too, but this was mesmerising!

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

unlike (say) the recent 7hr hike up mount snowdon i did with my RI bros on 2may2017, which was just a walk & the wondrous view came at the summit.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

here we were just walking alongside the mountain & looking over the rolling knolls & plains in all their glories…

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

there are nice cracks & crevices..

quiraing hike

but the greatest beauty is the valleys.

 

quiraing hike

all my friends commented on the whatsapped photos “it’s like lord of the rings, in middle earth!”..

so why did they go new zealand to film?

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

if not for the threatening rain, i could do this lesisurely for another few hours…

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

there’s the falls & mountain streams…

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

& the rock shelves..more middle earth..

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

the mist adding to the mystery & romance..

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

we got to the gap, wanting to go over & look over the other side.

but the rain finally came.

i had to hurriedly put on my S$2 daiso raincoat. at least i did not get wet as before.

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

quiraing hike

we turned back & walked hurriedly.

we took 1hr 40mins…

This my best hike..such wonderful scenery hiking in the mountain.

We took 1hr 45mins. more than 1 hr to get to the gap & very quick trekking back forced by the rain….could gave taken 2.5hrs but it started to rain as we descended so had to walk really fast..

this a place i would like to return to trek, hopefully in better weather…my most memorable hike!

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

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