Situated in the hamlet of Ardaneaskan, just five miles away from the village of Lochcarron, is this beautiful, homely holiday cottage. Tigh Ali was to be our base for our week of adventure in the Scottish Highlands.
This was the magnificent view down the garden and across the Loch when we arrived, the only sound to be heard was a flock of sea birds on a nearby island. It seemed worlds away from the inner city hustle we had left behind in Lancashire. The cottage itself has three bedrooms and sleeps six people, there is a comfortable lounge, dining room, two toilets and a kitchen. We knew it was fairly remote so had picked up a week’s worth of supplies in Fort William, picking up the odd extra from the local shop in Lochcarron throughout the week.
After a deep sleep we awoke to sunshine, something of a rarity that week as we would discover, and set off on a walk. Close to the cottage are a series of walks through the Reraig Forest and to Achintraid. This particular morning we had no plans for a mammoth hike, we simply fancied exploring the local area and hoped to spot a deer or two. We set off from the Ardaneaskan car park and headed north.
There was not a sound to be heard as we skirted around the edge of the Loch on a rough path, no birds, no wind, no rain, no cars, no people. It seemed eerie but I welcomed the silence. As the tide was out we slipped down to the edge of the Loch and Pete saw a distant deer in the pine forest nearby.
We crept closer, hoping to see more, climbing over the barbed wire and into the forest. It was wonderful, two days earlier we had been sucking up fumes in the city, now we were breathing fresh air and looking for deer.
We spent most of the morning in the forest, before turning back home for lunch. This was just the start of our, usually wet, adventure.
Next time I will tell you about our treacherous drive over to Applecross Bay.