Day 249: Corran Ferry to Rubha a’ Chaiginn – Soaring Sea Eagles

Argyllshire – North, Scotland

Daybreak, Corran, Highland, Scotland.

I just found myself talking to a goat. The descent into madness begins. But to be fair I am walking into Ardgour which is from the Gaelic for ‘height of the goats’ so maybe it’s ok. This is the first time I’m carrying over 20KG on this trip, twice what I needed for the south coast in summer, though I am carrying Christmas lights for the tent as they make it feel warmer!

Slipway I, Corran, Highland, Scotland.

Corran, Highland, Scotland.

Slipway II, Corran, Highland, Scotland.

Sallachan Point I, Ardgour, Highland, Scotland.

Heavy cloud over Appin, Highland, Scotland.

Sallachan Point II, Ardgour, Highland, Scotland.

Towards Kingairloch, Ardgour, Highland, Scotland.

Sallachan Point III, Ardgour, Highland, Scotland.

Fleeting light over Appin I, Highland, Scotland.

The Pap of Glencoe across Loch Linnhe, Highland, Scotland.

Fleeting light over Appin II, Highland, Scotland.

Glen Coe, Ballachulish and Sallachan Point, Highland, Scotland.

I’m narrowly missed by a McDonald’s cup hurled out of the window of a speeding car sending ice cubes skittering along the road in front of me, as I’m wondering wether it was aimed at me or a coincidence, I look up to see a pair of sea eagles with wings like barn doors flapping close overhead. I’ve never seen this rare bird before and it’s close enough to see one has a bloodied fish in its talons.

Sea-eagle I, (aka the white-tailed eagle) is the largest bird of prey in the UK, Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Sea-eagle II, Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Rubha na h-Earba and Mam na Gualainn beyond, Ardgour, Highland, Scotland.

Camus Chil Mhalieu, Ardgour, Highland, Scotland.

Slopes of Meall nan Each, Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Powerlines at sunset, Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Last light, Kingairloch I, Highland, Scotland.

Coast road to Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Last light, Kingairloch II, Highland, Scotland.

Last light, Kingairloch III, Highland, Scotland.

Nightfall at Kingairloch, Highland, Scotland.

Date of walk: 09/12/18


Road towards Gairloch. The two specks in the sky are the pair of sea eagles I later photographed although I hadn’t seen them when I took this photo.


Kingairloch Estate staying on brand.

Camp at Rubha a’Chaiginn with a distant view of a snow covered Ben Nevis across Loch Linnhe, Highland, Scotland.

The blue dot is my tent, the big hole in the ground is Glensanda Super Quarry which is largest granite quarry in Europe. I’m hoping I’ll be able to walk through the loading jetty tomorrow or I’ll have a very long detour!

Glensanda Super Quarry


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11 thoughts on “Day 249: Corran Ferry to Rubha a’ Chaiginn – Soaring Sea Eagles”

  1. Nicola Downey says:

    Amazing beautiful photos. A incredible adventure. Another person living vicariously through your walking days although I don’t think I could cope with the rain & cold! Much love & felicitations to you from New Zealand which is as beautiful & in not such a different way. Next trip/next book! Nic Xxx

    Nicola Downey in New Zealand +64(0)21 473 245 Sent from my iPhone


    • Thanks Nic, I’ll have had my fill of the cold and wet by the end of this for sure! When I visited the South Island it reminded me a lot of Scotland. Have you received the prints yet? Hope all is great with you 🙂

  2. Richard Greenwood says:

    You must feel very privileged to witness such natural beauty. Those sea eagles wow! And so many folk leave these islands on wildlife safaris across the world – threatening in the process the natural world through greenhouse gases in the upper atmosphere.
    Rant over! We are privileged indeed to share this beauty through your posts.

    • Yes it’s a very humbling experience and these occasional majestic happenings like the eagle encounter are spine-tingling

  3. Pete Johnstone says:

    Some weird light in the photos.Great shots of the sea eagles – you are now officially a wildlife photographer! Also the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation planning to reintroduce sea eagles on the Isle of Wight so if you do the coast walk the other way round next time, there will the opportunity to see them as you walk along the Solent. An incentive ?

    • yes, it was as golden as desert light the end of the day. I might need to do the Isle of Wight and Anglesey when I go cold turkey for the coast!

  4. Richard Arnot says:

    Thanks for sharing your view of the landscape. I enjoyed looking at every shot.

    • I guess you’ve got a long flight from Oz but you can camp and walk almost anywhere and there are no lurkin’ furkins to contend with other than the midges and clegs!

  5. Ha ha yes. There are a few critters here to contend with. We will get there one day. The scenery is nothing like we have here & have some (distant) relatives there as well.

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