Marhofn 212.12 - May 2010

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The View featuring Camera Obscura

Phil Cooper (+16=1245)

There was only time last year for one brief trip to Scotland, but this long weekend at the RHB meet offered superb weather, hills and company. An early Friday start from Lancaster enabled me to meet up with Rob Woodall at Sallachan in the afternoon. From there I bagged the three nearby Marilyns and Rob introduced me to the hobby of photographing the scene in each grid square through which we passed (CW: Is this a good thing?).

On the Saturday I joined Stewart Logan's party to bag his final Graham and mainland Marilyn, Beinn Gaire, and then carried on to Croit Bheinn, which Stewart had done the day before to avoid lesser mortals missing their dinner on his big day. Sunday was a six-Marilyn day; a ridge of three Grahams between Ariundle and Glen Tarbert with an easy hitch back, followed by a drive round Ardnamurchan to take in the three small Marilyns there. The highlight was the beautiful Western Isles sunset at 10:17pm from Beinn na Seilg, a wonderful experience; the golden sun disappeared and then lit up the underside of the clouds just above the horizon in a glorious shade of pink for some brief moments. What is the latest Scottish sunset anyone has witnessed? Maybe at a later June date from the outer islands.

More Grahams and sub-2000s were visited on the Monday and Tuesday from Glen Strontian, Kingairloch and Inverscaddle, resulting in a total bag of 16 from this long weekend. Outings to east and then south-east England gave the opportunity to reacquaint myself, after a third of a century, with The Wolds, Wendover Woods and Leith Hill, as well as visiting the new 'water tower' top of Botley Hill to complete my English Marilyns once again.

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