April 30- May 2 2005

After worrying about making the ferry – we had loads of time to spare. Finding the campsite was a little interesting, as it was somewhat hidden by a housing estate. It’s certainly not the world’s best campsite in terms of views or facilities – but looked a lot less busy then the one down the road and I would guess a lot cheaper too. It was quite nice in its own rustic way. As the later ferries arrived we were joined by more and more people. However, that was not to last for long. On a rather grey Saturday morning Simon and I went to The Ring Crags Meall Meadhoin (Ardnamurchan). Needless to say we had the crag to ourselves. We did a couple or routes – nothing special but the situation – the remnants of what must have been a huge volcano some years ago made up for it. We finished off the day with a walk via the deserted buildings of Glendrian and a trip to the sand dunes and beach.

Jackie and Margaret headed along the coast to go up Ben Hiant and then over to Glendrian, watching some climbers (thinking it was us) and then on to the beach. After a meal back at the deserted campsite (did we smell that bad already? or was it the wildlife Margaret had found in the water that had driven them away?) we set off to find a pub, being more successful then our foray on the first night.

On Sunday it started off quite bright. Margaret had second thoughts about driving hundreds of miles to walk up 3 corbetts, and instead settled for one somewhat closer to the campsite – Carn na Nathrach. We all joined her and decided that just doing the one was hard enough work. This proved a wise decision as although it started off warm and sunny the cloud came in during the afternoon and it absolutely poured for the rest of the afternoon. We retreated to the nearby Nature Reserve café to attempt drying out.

Monday morning – still raining. Simon and I went to look at some more climbs (from the car). Each time we were about to leave the car the intensity of the rain increased, so we never quite made it out and headed off to get the next ferry home. Margaret and Jackie went for a look around the Nature Reserve and then headed back south.