Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Our sanctuary!

We have just been up to Applecross on the north west coast of Scotland.  It is our most favourite place.  We haven't been there for two years and withdrawal symptoms were beginning to set in.  

We have had many holidays along this stunningly beautiful stretch of coastline.  It is really hard to imagine why we could possibly want to go through the rigmarole of booking flights, ordering foreign currency, remembering passports, dealing with airport security, weight restrictions on luggage, etc etc etc when we have this a few hours drive away.  
As Mr Gaucho always says "Who needs the Bahamas?".

We were only there for a three nights, staying in a lovely B&B, Ragged Acre, three miles along the road from the wonderful Applecross Inn.  The real excitement sets in as we start to drive up and over the Bealach Na Ba - the Pass of the Cattle.  It is a hairy scary road, better these days with a few more barriers along the route, especially the alpine hairpin bends at the top!  As you drive down the other side, into Applecross, you really have left "all that" behind.  As we pass the Applecross sign Mr Gaucho always shouts out "Yeessss" and we have arrived back again. Lovely!

Over the weekend I took 500 photographs!  It's so easy to do with a digital camera but it does take time to trawl through them all and find the ones I like best.  So, here's a pictorial account of our weekend!  I hope you enjoy them.
Heading up the Bealach Na Ba
A'Chomraich - "the sanctuary" - Applecross
Applecross Bay
Applecross Bay running waves
Over the sea to Skye
Clachan Church
7th century AD partly carved celtic cross-slab from St. Maol Rubha’s sanctuary in the churchyard  
Sand Beach 
Our favourite spot on the planet - the holiday cottage we have rented many times
Roadside department store.  I bought the eggs shown below from here!
There is little doubt in my mind that this is where Bilbo Baggins lives.
We walked through a wood of hazel nut trees.
Hobbit playground
Going home blues

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