The viewpoint above Redpoint Bay with Skye in the background and South Rona between A bridge by Loch Gairloch has chosen the colour, for its rusting balustrades, carefully from a National Trust colour chart This page takes the viewer out from Gairloch village along the southern shore of Loch Gairloch and round, and down, to Red Point, beside which is the hamlet of Redpoint [sic]. At this headland, on the northern side of Loch Torridon, the Loch meets the Inner Sound. Continuing along the indistinct path on the northern side of the loch takes the able walked to Diabaig. Along that path, until the early 2000's, was the Craig Youth Hostel - reached only on foot or by boat. And from the Red Point end not always an easy walk. Today Youth Hostels encourage less youthful visitors; and, indeed, persons like myself no longer have to leave their cars discreetly out of sight and walk in, accordingly such remote places as the Craigs Hostel have closed. But the drive to the headland at Red Point, and the walks in the area remain a magnet for many visitors. The page again has a number of rather similar vistas, but rendered so different by the ever changing light, that I, and I hope no one else, could resist recording this play between hills, sky and sea. Looking from Badachro past Horrisdale Island towards the village of Gairloch
Boats sheltering in the perfectly still waters behind Horrisdale Island
A driftwood seat overlooks Badachro Bay
A boat waits on a fishing lochan by the road
The view east to the mainland hills past
Loch nan Eun
A reminder rain can come from an (almost) blue sky
The wide sweep of the bay at Opinan, the road on the hill opposite is to Red Point. Skye lies in the background
Moving on, and looking back past the Red Point headland, Skye again dominates the horizon
If this were a less remote spot you would be looking at an art installation. It is on the shore of a bay south east of Red Point, where there was a fishing station. South Rona and Raasay
take up position on the horizon
The two house shells at the fishing station just east...
...of Red Point, and the work shed by the beach
Looking east up Loch Torridon
The same sand as seen in the last picture, but against the sun. This picture is not out of focus, but the light is catching the rippling water, leaving the black pebbles sharp
...sands, actually the sands are not so deserted, these two ringed plover are about half way along to the headland, seeking to be inconspicuous beside the kelp
And those water marks without the refracted light, here the sun is behind the camera; looking along the empty...
Seeming weighed down by their load, clouds bring...
...showers, which swathe the beach in their soft folds...
...and then as quickly clear, returning the sky for a short while to its brilliant blue...
...only for the clouds to gather again...
...turning the rocks black
Loch Torridon: heavy clouds, wet sand, watery sun, but blue sky not far away
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