Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Walking Along the Colourful Assynt Coast. . .

Great Britain has some pretty gorgeous coastlines but I think the Assynt coast in the Northwest of Scotland must be a contender for one of the best coastal walks, if only for the incredible spectrum of colours that you encounter.

It's also one of the world's most interesting spots geologically. I won't pretend to understand all of it, but scientists can tell a lot about the earth's mountain ranges and how they were formed from examining the rocks and ridges in this area.

I just love the changing colours of the sea. We started our walk at Achmelvich Bay.

There was an early type of heather out in full glory too, wherever we looked.

We encountered several Cheviots who kindly waited for us to pass on the path before continuing on their way.

Fields of bog cotton.

We were heading for the split rock you can see on the headland but because there are so many beaches/inlets,  the path is a lot longer than it looks.

But oh, the colours!   So much to examine, so many flowers in bloom in the tiniest of fissures in the cracks and interesting lichens on the rocks.

And every beach had its own colourful character.

We make it to the split rock and clamber on top. It's bigger than it looks from this photo.  I love the thin line of deep blue on the horizon.

And then we turned inland and followed a track through the hills back to our starting point.  The ridges in this grassy field were caused by long ago potato fields a century ago.

An absolutely fascinating and beautiful place.

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