Yes I know it is the first day of July but thought blog readers might like to see a different landscape for a change! So back to Fort William where I spent a few days in May.
First up - a trip on a "Gondola", no not the kind in Venice. This was a former ski lift at the Nevis Mountain range. It goes up to 650m and isn't the top of the mountain range. (The highest point in Orkney is Ward Hill on Hoy which is about 481m).
The Gondola is on the north face of Aonach Mor (8th highest mountain in Britain). It's used now by mountain bikers, and hikers, as well as tourists like myself who just like to take in the view!
When we got to the top Anne set off to explore the view points and I said I'd wait in the cafe as my lung capacity isn't great and I wasn't sure how I'd be that high up with oxygen levels. It was at that point it started to snow! I found myself wheezing and rather than hang around I got back in the Gondola and went back to sea level to the cafe there!
Regular readers of my blog will remember previous holidays where I've had various "accidents" and have had to send a message to Anne along the lines of "Don't panic but...." This time I didn't want to spoil her wanderings so just got in the gondala lift and then phoned her and said "REALLY don't panic, I am fine, and heading down to the cafe on ground level". Bless her she was somewhat alarmed but reassured that I was still breathing and speaking coherently (for me anyway - haha!) and spent some time wandering about before heading down to join me. Meanwhile I had tea and cake in the cafe and read a book while surreptitiously observing other tourists. Love people watching!
I did get some quick snaps while on the mountain......
Hmm Ben Nevis (or The Ben as it is called locally) is supposed to be in the clouds there somewhere!
The mountain bike path down the mountain (taken from the Gondola hence reflection)
On the way down.... snowing!
A gondola on the way up...
Snow capped mountains...
Lochs in the distance...
Earlier in the day we had been for a cruise on Loch Linnhe run by Crannog Cruises. It was a driech morning, with fine rain. But it did clear up a little on the cruise. The commentary was really interesting with info about wildlife (seals, eagles), the local economy, and social history.
The lines you can see in the water are for mussels - they grow on ropes and are then harvested. In cloud in the background is Ben Nevis!
Another shot of the mussel beds...
The dark island in the foreground is covered in seals... Photos are not great as I only used my phone camera due to persistent drizzle!