The view from Stac Pollaidh

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  • Ken Rennie
    Ken Rennie
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    on: January 30, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    Another image from our short holiday in Assynt. It looked as though we would get 1 day when the wind would drop and the rain keep off so we had a long hoped for chance to climb Stac Pollaidh. Stac Pollaidh is a small hill 2,008ft but has wonderful views across the Assynt countryside. If it just been me I would have arrived before dawn to be high up on the hill for day break but my wife prefers sleeping until the sun awakes her before a filling breakfast so it was almost 10 o’clock before we set off to drive to the foot of the hill and climb the small but steep hill. 95% of Stac Pollaidh is a simple hill walk, the last 5% involves serious scrambling and rock climbing skills well beyond us. So it was lunch at the last easy bit and admire the views before walking back down a pair of proud pensioners.

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    Stac Pollaidh image from last year when I was considering climbing it but the weather forecast was promising hurricane force winds and driving snow even though their was no evidence of it.

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    80 minutes later the promised storm arrived. Jeremy may remember storm Arwen which wreaked havoc over much of the North last year with 100mph winds and , here at least, heavy snow.

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    I hope my short story wasn’t too long for you. Ken

     

    Paul Sokal
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    Re: The view from Stac Pollaidh
    Reply #1 on: January 30, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Dramatic!

    Jeremy Roussak
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    Re: The view from Stac Pollaidh
    Reply #2 on: January 30, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    I do remember the storm, Ken. Whatever havoc it wrought, it gave you what is in my view much the best of your three shots.

    Jeremy

    Kevin Raber
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    Re: The view from Stac Pollaidh
    Reply #3 on: January 30, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    Other worldly.  Looks like I’ll have to add it to my want to travel to list.  Very nice images.

     

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    Ken Rennie
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    Re: The view from Stac Pollaidh
    Reply #4 on: January 31, 2023 at 9:55 am

    Kevin, Assynt is one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland. It has been forgotten by most photographers as they head off to Skye or Harris. Don’t visit in the Summer unless you like to give blood to the insects. Ken

    Ken Rennie
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    Reply #5 on: January 31, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Thanks Jeremy. The first two are little more than high quality snapshots. With the last one I was hoping for the slightest hint of sunshine but no luck. Ken

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