Been a busy time since we moved to Glenelg in January and our first jaunt down to Sandaig this year was not until Monday (5th March). After a week or so of rain you jump when the weather forecast promises a decent day so it was up sharp and a quick drive to Upper Sandaig (basically a cottage between Glenelg and Arnisdale), where the forestry track starts just before you reach the cottage. It’s around a 3 mile drive, walk or cycle to
Upper Sandaig and another 1.5 mile walk or cycle from there to the shore with some steep up and downs involved.
With a few strong gales hitting the West Coast of Scotland this winter there have been a stack of trees blown down and it shows when you walk through the forest. I guess this one will be down in the next gale...........
This one gives an idea of the scale of the root base on a decent sized tree.
This is a view that hasn’t been seen for a few decades but is now opened up again due to the tree felling operations. A lot of the lower track now has open views which is the way I remember it back in the early 70s, on the down side the tree felling leaves the area looking like photos you see of the shelled trenches in WW1 with just the odd dead tree sticking up.
Saw this fellow keeping an eye on us walking down the track.
Again the tree felling has opened up the views here across to Sandaig islands.
The last remaining cottage at Sandaig, now pretty derelict and a sad sight with a couple of trees landing on its roof this winter.
The late Raef Payne, an English master at
Eton and friend of Gavin Maxwell lived here each summer. I noticed an interesting feasibility study on the internet http://www.paperigloo.com/architecture/sandaig/index.html regarding this cottage. Whether anything comes of this in the current financial climate will have to be seen but if it improves tourism and enhances the environment then it must be worth looking at.
Another photo of the cottage, you really can’t get much closer to the sea (though The Lodge is pretty close too!). What price would this fetch as a holiday cottage if it had a road down to it (and was in a better state of repair!)?
The Gavin Maxwell memorial, the rock was placed above the spot his writing desk was located, his ashes were placed below.
Memorial for Edal, the Ring of Bright Water otter killed during the house fire, the inscription reads “Whatever joy she gave to you, give back to nature.”
One of the few remains of the Maxwell years, the boat trailer for the Polar Star.
The wee waterfall, a bit cluttered with fallen trees and branches.
The burn, always a nice spot during the spring
The burn, where it forms the Ring of Bright Water?
Heading over the rope bridge to get across to the
Islands (to call it a “bridge” maybe an exaggeration but it’s that or getting your feet wet).
One of the
Island beaches, small but stunning, this is one of the most relaxing places in the world for a quick “forty winks”!!
Sandaig is well worth a visit, even though the walk back is uphill!!