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Corra Bheinn Walk, Islay Walking Week 2007

Picture of walkers crossing a small bridge to Evan's Walk

An early start today for what could have been a very miserable day. At 8:15 we met at Port Askaig to board the 8:30 ferry to the Isle of Jura for a walk with Gordon Muir. And it was pouring it down with rain. But we weren't going to be deterred, 18 of us were going to walk around Corra Bheinn and try to get a view of the Paps of Jura. We met Gordon and Louise at the Three Arched Bridge and soon we were on our way. It even stopped to rain, so I was able to leave my rain jacket packed away.

Picture of a group of walkers disappearing into the rain

But soon after we had left and started to climb up the hill it started to rain again. It was grey and miserable, for the first time during this Islay walking week I had to put on my rain jacket, it looked like the rain was going to last for a while. Even Gordon was fairly pessimistic and didn't promise us any views. But we plodded on. Up the hill along Evan's Walk we went. Not much of a view here...

Picture of Armin standing on rocks on a hill, western parts of Jura in the background

Our persistence was to be rewarded: After a while at least the rain stopped. It was still fairly miserable, but the rain stopped. And then it got even better, the sun came through. A bit hazy at first, but soon more and more blue appeared on the sky. Some people were asking if there's also a picture of me, yes, there are some. This one is courtesy of Louise, the view courtesy of the Isle of Jura.

Picture of a group of walkers resting under a background of huge mountains (the Paps of Jura)

Having walked around Corra Bheinn we made our way up to the saddle between two of the famous Paps of Jura. The views were amazing, Colonsay, Mull and Loch Tarbert on Jura to the west. We had lunch under the Paps of Jura, looking east towards Kintyre and Arran. One of the best locations for a lunch ever, especially after the miserable weather earlier. The descent back to the Three Arched Bridge was very nice, by now there was hardly a cloud in the sky. Just blue sky and sunshine.

A fantastic walk with amazing views, many thanks to Gordon and Louise as well as the weather gods who had mercy with us. I've got ‘raw material’ for quite a few panoramas of the views, I hope they will turn out well. They'll go on my other site, but I'll post updates here as well.

Now I'm off to dinner and then the wildlife talk at the Islay Natural History Trust at 20:00. Tomorrow the last two walks for this Islay Walking Week: Meeting at 10:00 at Ramsay Hall for a walk to Sky House with Calum Sharp. Meeting at 17:45 at the Bridgend Woods car park for the final walk with soup and sandwiches at the Bridgend Hotel afterwards. Hope to see you all there!



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