Lance's 50th Birthday

 

For Lance's 50th birthday we went to Sutherland, at the very north of the Scottish mainland. The weather wasn't very good, but we had a great time anyway!

 

 

001) The Cottage

Barnhill Cottage, Elphin. A lovely cottage with marvellous views

 

 

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The view from Barnhill Cottage. The mountains are Suilven, on the left, and Canisp (marked). Due to the weather we only managed to climb one mountain on this visit to the cottage: Canisp

 

 

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This is the view back to Barnhill Cottage from the top of Canisp. Elphin is a very small and remote village: no television or radio, no telephone and very intermittent mobile phone reception. You couldn't want a better place for a relaxing holiday!

 

 

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Another view from the top of Canisp, this time looking southwest: Suilven lies below us (on the right in this image). Suilven is a magic mountain that dominates the view from Elphin. It is a mountain of many moods, as the next two images will show

 

 

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Taken from the door of Barnhill Cottage on two different evenings. Suilven is a magic mountain

 

 

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As the mountains were attracting the rain most days we opted to walk, or as in this photo cycle, near the coast. This view is of the Summer Isles taken from near the village of Polbain, on the Rubha Colgeach peninsula

 

 

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On another day we visited Corrieshalloch Gorge, Britain's deepest, steepest gorge, with a magnificent waterfall to boot!

 

 

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On yet another day we visited Handa Island, a seabird reserve

 

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Lots of seabirds

 

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Including everyone's favourite: Puffins!

 

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Off you go!

 

 

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And so we get to the birthday boy

 

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A master chef prepared my birthday meal

 

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And, of course, the cake!

 

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The Guest of Honour: a baby wagtail!

 

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