Tomorrow I’m meeting my friend, Freddie and his mate, Lance off the train at Inverness station and driving over to Kishorn and over the Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle) to Applecross. The Bealach is the UK’s biggest road climb at 2053ft (626m) from sea level in just 6 miles (10k). Neil and I are just going for a weekend jaunt, but Freddie and Lance are backpacking coast to coast and heading back to the sea at the Beauly Firth. Others are going with Freddie, but he and his mate are doing a high route, while the others are doing a lower route.
As I’m packing walking and camping gear for the weekend, I realise that it is about ten years since I last visited Kishorn and Applecross The photo above is from one of several trips I made in 2002-2004. This is the Seafield Centre – Inverness College UHI’s former Aquaculture Centre at Kishorn. I spent several days here doing fieldwork when studying fresh water, marine and mountain habitats during the first and second years of my Environmental Science degree. It was a brilliant place for a field study centre – even if it was freezing cold in the makeshift laboratory (an old boathouse!)
The weather forecast is looking not too bad for the next few days, so hope to get some more recent photos when out and about.