Last weekend marked a special birthday for Colin, and we spent it with the family in Port Appin on the west coast. Port Appin sits right on the shore and looks across the Lynn of Lorn towards Lismore, and it is from here that the little passenger ferry departs. Further up, the peaks of Glen Coe rear their majestic heads, veiled in morning mist or lit by the evening sun.
On the Saturday we all went on a boat trip with Coastal Connections from Oban – part of Colin’s surprise present – which took us around the Carsaig arches in the south-west of Mull, and then across the Corryvreckan whirlpool to Scarba and Jura, landing briefly on a remote beach in the north of Jura for a picnic lunch.
On the Sunday morning, reluctant to end the whole thing, Colin and I crossed over to Morvern on the Corran ferry and drove down the side of Loch Linnhe as far as Kingairloch – somewhere I don’t think we’ve ever been. We found a beautiful remote beach, and a little lochan with a group of red deer hinds just taking in the warm sunshine. We saw plenty more wildlife over the weekend: great views of golden and white-tailed eagles around the cliffs of Mull; great northern divers on the sea lochs; and a hen harrier on Jura.
Driving down into Glen Coe on the Thursday evening, into a wall of mist, eerily beautiful
Photos copyright © Colin & Jo Woolf and Verity Sansom
We thoroughly recommend the Pierhouse Hotel at Port Appin – wonderful food, fabulous rooms and friendly staff