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It's not just about the hills...........

The main purpose for the weekend get together did involve a hill (more on that later) but as we were all a bit tired from the long drive north to Gairloch, the decision to wander around the area and enjoy some coastal stuff after a long lie was a unanimous one.

There are so many gorgeous beaches on the far NW coast of Scotland but high on my list to go visit was the lighthouse out at Rubha Reidh. I'd spotted it when we were searching for accommodation for the weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find you could stay there, even hire the whole place. I quite like the idea of staying in a lighthouse :-) It was a bit on the windy side which meant we had some nice swell action going on. There are some really interesting rock formations too to explore and clamber across and that kept us all amused for a while.
Rubha Reidh Lighthouse

Me exploring the rocks

Kate checking out the large cleft

What can I say - Nicky, Jamie, Steve & Kate playing on the rock

We eventually decided that our stomach's needed attending to and had already sussed out what was in the area so it was back to the hamlet of Melvaig and the Melvaig Inn. What an interesting place. Lots of quirky retro music and toys along with a dart board and pool table to keep you busy. There were also some unusual bits and bobs around the place that are certainly talking points. Well worth the visit.

 Scary wabbit......

Next stop was Redpoint. Weather was getting duller but we still managed to get some views over to Skye as we wandered along the beach comparing the size of the shells we were finding.
We finished the day off with the most fantastic dinner at the Badachro Inn - oh how I love seafood.



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