August 2007 and Trevor Mcdonald hosts an ITV show titled 'Britains Favourite View'. Sixteen sites explored over four programmes (4 per week) with the public voting on which one is best. Thankfully a natural view won, Wast Water in The Lake District, and Three Cliffs Bay just down the road from here came second. This gave the programme some degree of credibilty. I just do not get the views of London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. How can anyone in their right mind imagine that man can compete with Mother Nature.
I had seen many of the views but not first up, the view from Elgol across Loch Scavaig to the entrance to Loch Coruisk and The Cuillins beyond. I suspect many of the voters have not seen this view either so the programme was flawed and here is why:
We travelled to Elgol from the campsite at Sligachan. Campsites do not get anymore dramatic than this place.
Its a haven for climbers and it is situated at the other end of the Cuillin Ridge from the destination of our intended paddle.
Being a bank holiday Elgol Primary School was not open so we were able to park right next the the beach with a easy launch. What a place to go to school!
The wind was Northerly F4 so the paddle up Loch Scavaig was difficult.
We eventually made it across the Loch and into the entrance to Loch na Cuilce. The guide book describes the anchorage here to have a five star view and the Pilot states that it is the most spectacular on the West Coast.
Co incedentally at anchor was the yacht Countess of Sleat who we had seen at Inverie at Easter. Her Skipper told us that the night before had been very squally which must have been interesting for him.
We landed near the Scottish Mountaineering Council bothy with its distinct cross of St Andrew windows.
Leaving the boats behind we walked up into Loch Coruisk where we had lunch and a birthday cake for Catherine who apparently was 21 today.
The trip back took a third of the time for the trip up the Loch.
We said our farewells to the girls who were all due at work the following day and then we headed over to Applecross to renew some aquaintances from last year.
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