The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Flashback to GT Day 11: Loch an Eilein in the Wind

On Day 11 of my trip, when I went up neither Ord Ban nor Cruban Beag (actually, there were an awful lot of hills I didn’t go up that day; thousands, in fact), I took a few little video snippets of conditions at Loch an Eilein. Here’s one (just 14 seconds long), looking out to the castle, which I think captures conditions reasonably well; it even shows a bit of the flying-spray, just before the end.


  1. Great clip - the noise alone captures the scene - brings back visions of a boiling Loch Ainort one day this time of year nearly a decade ago when Conrad and I were taking a day off munro-ing around Glen Sheil to check a questionable 'tick' against a Cullin peak - the full width of the loch was thick with boiling spray, more like a blizzard, torn from the waves for a mile or more, racing along, gyrating in the violence of the winds howling down from the hills: no video to hand, but at least the stills showed the fearsome forces at work.
    Needless to say, we didn't make the ridge (we did make it out of the car, in Glen Brittle, but only for a minute or two, it must be said).

    The power of nature indeed! Never to be underestimated.

  2. That is impressive.

    I have tracked down the three pics I took that gimmer refers to, but they do not really convey the howling spray tearing down the loch with the same drama we witnessed at the time.

    you may not have done much that day but you do have a powerful and moving memory to look back back on.

    Link to Dropbox - if it doesn't work direct, copy and paste into your browser. Click on first pic to see full size as slideshow:

  3. You can certainly see the spray on those photos, and you don't get spray like that without dramatic conditions!