Sum­mer In Lochaber

Pho­tog­ra­pher Bar­rie Mar­shall finds a warm, sunny day in the High­lands is a thing to trea­sure

The Scots Magazine - - Contents -

The third sea­sonal visit to this stun­ning part of Scotland

AC­CORD­ING to the lo­cals in Lochaber, last year was one of the wettest on record. But mem­o­ries of that have been ban­ished with the scorch­ing sun­shine of the past few months.

From Muck and Knoy­dart, all the way to Fort Wil­liam and be­yond, life in Lochaber is in full swing.

Be it sun­bathing on its beaches, tour ships visit­ing or the many flora and fauna now on show, it is an en­gross­ing time of year.

The more re­mote cor­ners of Lochaber are great stops in good weather.

On a beach at Ard­toe, strange-look­ing sea­weed has washed ashore like a prop from a sci-fi film.

In Cona Glen, a lime-green, hairy, dot­ted cater­pil­lar the size of your pinky lum­bers across the path of an em­peror moth at full tilt.

Mean­while, on the shore by Min­gary Cas­tle, a per­fectly trans­par­ent, shiny pink jel­ly­fish is stranded by the tide.

In good weather, it’s al­ways great to jump a boat to the In­ner He­brides, or maybe pay a visit to re­mote Knoy­dart.

As the warmth beats down, it’s won­der­ful to see a herd of cows sun­bathing as you walk over Eigg; ewes pant­ing in the shade of a tree near In­verie; or a herd of grey At­lantic seals strewn across a rocky islet off Ari­saig on a hot morn­ing. Just don’t dis­turb that grumpy-look­ing sheep on Muck!

It can some­times feel like the Mediter­ranean as you walk past the many small tor­toise­shell, com­mon blue and speck­led wood but­ter­flies – and the odd gi­gan­tic golden ringed dragon­fly as it whizzes past your head!

OK, oc­ca­sion­ally it does rain in Lochaber – but it’s al­ways mem­o­ries of that scenery in the sun­shine that linger.

Roll on au­tumn… but not just yet.

Re­flec­tions on Loch Ba

Cows at Bun­ree by Loch Linnhe

Heather by Loch Mo­rar

A curly blad­der­wort

A tran­quil spot on the River Lochy

Time for a snack!

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