Camping

Not 100% fishing related, but a few shots of memorable campsites. Although I’ve a strong preference for “wild” camping away from organised sites, I have to include Fidden Farm on the Ross of Mull as a superb spot to pitch a tent. Quite simply an amazing location.

New Year’s day saw myself and Trevor fishing a remote mark in cold, clear weather. Camping overnight, we were grateful for decent sleeping bags and also a chunky fire to keep us warm and cook a welcome first dinner of 2017.

Dinner cooking on the campfire
Dinner cooking on the fire

Spot the tent, dwarfed by sand, sea and cliffs (it’s near the left of the image…)

Camping at Sandwood Bay
Camping at Sandwood Bay
Camping on the beach at Sandwood Bay
On the beach at Sandwood Bay

In the wilds of Loch Etive – kettle boiling, burgers on the BBQ and a beautiful, calm, midgie-free September evening.

Night-time campfire on a cool, clear evening in September
Night-time campfire on a cool, clear evening in September

 

Camping on Etive, on a clear September evening
Boat Camping on Etive

A little more challenging camping on Etive – something like minus 10 degrees between Christmas and New Year at Barrs.

Camping in minus 10 at Barrs, Loch Etive
Camping in minus 10 at Barrs, Loch Etive

Late autumn, perched on a rocky site at Dun Ghallain on Loch Sunart. Over 1000 years ago the Vikings sheltered their longboats here, and almost 1000 years before them the people of the Iron Age built a their fort here. It’s completely deserted now.

Two millennia of ghosts - camping at Dun Ghallain (the Fort of the Storms) on Loch Sunart
Two millennia of ghosts – camping at Dun Ghallain (the Fort of the Storms) on Loch Sunart

Not camping perhaps, but fantastic in its own way – a little shack clings to a bay near Port Logan.

A summerhouse at Port Logan?
A summerhouse at Port Logan?
Wild camping on Loch Etive, near Ben Starav
Wild camping on Loch Etive, near Ben Starav
A summer boat camp on Loch Etive with Mike and Bonnie. Looking across the loch towards Ben Cruachan on a lovely sunny evening.
A summer boat camp on Loch Etive with Mike and Bonnie. Looking across the loch towards Ben Cruachan on a lovely sunny evening.

Loch Etive is a favourite place for overnighting, especially as the midges die down in autumn. It’s sheltered and has some fine anchorages well away from any crowds.

One of the best formal campsites - Fidden Farm on Mull. Pink granite, white sand and all the machair you could wish for.
One of the best formal campsites – Fidden Farm on Mull. Pink granite, white sand and all the machair you could wish for.
Mike and Bonnie relax at Fidden after a hard day exploring
Mike and Bonnie relax at Fidden after a hard day exploring
Mull again, this time Easter at Killiechronan. Otters in the sea and sea eagles nesting nearby.
Mull again, this time Easter at Killiechronan. Otters in the sea and sea eagles nesting nearby.
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