Wester Ross

Wester Ross. The Scottish Highlands. Off the beaten track one of the most unspoilt parts of Scotland. Mountains, moorland, native pine forest, isolated crofting communities dotted along the many sea lochs, reaching fingerlike far inland. Land of red deer, and golden eagle. Grandest of all mountains Liathach. Beautiful Slioch towering over Loch Maree.

In summer red deer will be high on the hills, one needs binoculars and a keen eye to have any chance of seeing them. Calves are born in mid June. In winter more likely to see them lower down in the glens.

Eiders nesting along the sea lochs. On the lochans, extremely rare diving birds such as the black throated and red throated diver. Both protected, it is in fact a criminal offence to approach these birds or the nest sites, so please do not disturb if you are lucky enough to see one in the distance.

Torridon In early summer, skylark singing, maybe a cuckoo. The loch shore a blaze of pink thrift and buttercup. Surrounded by peaks over 3000 feet towering above you. The highest Liathach is 3800 feet. Breathe in the crisp clear air.

Ullapool in north west Scotland at the head of Loch Broom, One of several planned villages, built in 1788 as a Herring Station, to reap the then vast shoals of herring. This were caught and packed into wooden barrels. Old photographs show the quays stacked with wooden barrels up to six high, the harbour full of steam drifters for the seasonal herring harvest.

A few miles inland are the Falls of Rogie, on the River Blackwater. Forest Walks salmon leap the 13.5m falls assisted by a fish pass, between June and October each year. Stand on the suspension bridge and you may be lucky and see a salmon leaping

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