VARIOUS STUFF - WEST HIGHLANDS IN SNOW
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Some of the many photos taken during a brief trip to the West Highlands on 8 and 9 April 2006. This is looking south from the A82 just north of Crainlarich to Ben More and Stob Binnein.

View from the carpark on the A82 near Achallader


Looking south over Loch Tulla


Ben Achaladair - I think! Anyway, it's a big mountain between Tulloch Bridge and Glencoe nr Loch Tulla

View over Lochan na h Achlaise on the edge of Rannoch Moor.

Approaching Glencoe with Buachaille Etive Mor to the left. Sadly the sunny weather I'd enjoyed heading north had vanished by this time.

Looking down a bleak Glencoe. I'd hoped to see this area in sun, but never mind.

For some excellent pics at the Glencoe ski resort taken earlier the same day see the Winterhighland website.

The bridge over Loch Leven at Ballachulish.

Night view of Loch Linnhe at Fort William where I stayed the night (in a hotel, not in the Loch). Not a great photo but the snow covered skyline can just be seen standing out against the black sky

The next morning was perfect - cool, clear and sunny. Another view of Loch Linnhe at Fort William just before 8am

Glen Nevis

Heading up the Ben Nevis path above the snow line.

At Red Burn, start of the real ascent up the Ben Nevis path. I didn't have time, nor feel equiped to go 'all the way' in the conditions, tempting though it was. The path so far had already been very slippy and drifted snow was waist deep as can be seen to the left of the wall.

Instead I had a stroll (well more of a struggle) through the deep snow north beneath the Ben. This view to the Great Glen and Loch Lochy shows the weather was changing, by the time I was heading down it had started to snow and the higher mountains had vanished in cloud.

Looking across to 1220 metre high Carn Mor Dearg. I'd walked along that ridge in the summer, not today though! This photo doesnt show the dramatic scale, there are two walkers far below by the stream but they are barley visible dark specs

Looking up to the north west corner of Ben Nevis as I turned round and headed home. A long way to go in a weekend, and the weather on the way back was not much good for more photos with low cloud and snow. But my first 'winter' trip to the Highlands (even though it was April) and well worth it.

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