"Dolphin" watching - Martha
24th to 27th May 2019 - Camping TBC, TBC (Late May bank holida)
I made my decision on the camping meet venue too early this year and by Wednesday had to change it to the “eastern” option of Contin because Sligachan was forecast for snow and high winds!
Friday was actually quite nice: Gillian was Graham-ing on her way over from Ratagan; Martha and Duncan went up Meall na Teanga and Sron a Choire Garbh with bike assistance along the glen, and if you ignore the bit alongside the A9, my run over the Drumochter hills from Balsporran Cottages was really pleasant. Shorts were an over-optimistic post-river wash choice of attire though as it got quite chilly later. We had a sociable camp that evening, sitting out with the bats and pink lenticular clouds (and whisky) by the river until late. We were joined by newbie Rob who had caught the train up from Edinburgh and had a good day in the hills around Achnashellach.
Martha, myself, Duncan and Gillian went up Moruisg and Sgurr nan Ceannichean in the drizzle and low cloud on Saturday; I was delighted to find evidence of the high-altitude badger clan for the 2nd time on these mountains, and we met a large group of EUMC folk out on the hill. We enjoyed well-deserved scones and tea by the fire at Ledgowan Hotel and some got quite sleepy. We were joined by David T who had had a huge day biking in from Craig and traversing Beinn Tarsuinn, Cheesecake and Lurg Mhor (and the top). That evening it was absolutely soaking and we fitted everyone in Duncan’s van for the short drive to Strathpeffer for pizzas followed by some ear-bleedingly bad Country & Western music at the hotel, surrounded by dominoes players and a woman knitting. We did have a few good value games of pool before retreating to bed.
Sunday morning was foul. Everyone roundly rejected my hill plan and instead we went to Chanonry Point to see non-existent dolphins and commiseration seals, then had a good climb in the indoor wall in Inverness. The troops dispersed after that. A fun if small and rather moist meet!