Monday, 13 July 2015

Wonderful Scotland 2015 (Day 2)

On Day 2 of our holiday (Saturday 27 June) we walked around the scenic, but windy, cliff tops of the Stoer Peninsula to see an old man and have our sandwiches.  There were only a few other people out and our circular walk took in dry grassland, closely cropped by the sheep, and wet boggy areas, closely cropped by the sheep!  A lochan along the way played host to a single calling red throated diver - special!

Local traffic
Old Man of Stoer
Herring gull adult (left) with juv. (right)
After our walk we drove to the popular local beach at Achmelvichwith, with its small area of machair grassland backing onto it.  The grassland was being protected from over grazing and so has some super orchids flowering.

A juicy northern marsh orchid

A popular beach!
A young wheatear - a prolific bird in the area
There are many small, inaccessible coves in the area - this one was right next door to the beach we visited.


  1. Great blog Peter - and love your photos above from my homeland (hope everyone looked after you!)
    Hoping you and your followers can help us save nature laws in Europe. The European Commission wants to review the Birds and Habitats Directives, but we think they should be safeguarded, not undermined! These laws are responsible for increasing the populations of a number of at-risk bird, animal and plant species and have also led to the creation of thousands of conservation sites across Europe.
    We have until Friday to make our voice heard in a public consultation - more details here: - any help is greatly appreciated!


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