We celebrated our 19th anniversary with a trip down the scenic West Highland coast, to the North West Geopark rock stop café. The most impressively sited café we have encountered, a panorama of wonder. Cake, coffee, stunning scenery and education.

Check out the North west highland Geopark rockstop cafe

We then stopped at Ardvreck castle Calda house

Calda house on Loch Assynt

Calda house on Loch Assynt

Ardvreck castle remains on Loch Assynt

Ardvreck castle remains on Loch Assynt

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Calda house on Loch Assynt

The last stop of was the Inchnadamph Bone Caves

Bone caves

Bone caves

Bone Caves

Bone Caves

Bone caves

Bone caves

which engulfed the absolute best of the Highland geology history and complete wilderness. A great walk into the mountains passing waterfalls (and rock falls) along a river valley, passing the source of the river which was fascinating.

source of river

source of river

Back home, our beach has been a hive of activity recently with wildlife.

cows

cows

cows

cows

Horses

Horses

We are very happy to report that the Seals are back, they had been pretty scarce over the last few weeks and we really missed them. We currently have a group Of 5 and a group of 7 which haul out in front of the croft on the sandbanks. We have been calling these groups “pods” . I have just researched this as we guessed we were grabbing at straws and our thesaurus says “rookery collective noun”

We wouldn’t have guessed that!

seals

seals

The Garden had a new visitor this week,

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

A sparrow hawk – we have a lot of sparrows in the garden…

The mountains have been hidden as much as visible recently, a strange pinky haze has accompanied the hot weather with a sea haar sitting all along the Kyle sometimes, bringing the visibility right down to within the garden walls.

Sea Haar

Sea Haar heading along The Kyle

Sea Haar eaten our view

Sea Haar eaten our mountain view