At the beginning of June, Mhairi and I were delighted to accept an invitation from our friends Susan and George to join them for a week on Mull. They were celebrating their tenth anniversary of being married on Calgary beach, and it was also Mhairi’s birthday. We stayed in a big fancy house up the hill in Tobermory, and were joined by Susan’s daughter Meghan and son Robbie with their partners Michael and Emma. And their crazy Collie, Rory. Between eating mountains of seafood and drinking vast amounts of alcohol and jam sessions we managed to get in some outdoor activities in scorching weather: canoeing, climbing and walking. It was great!
Scotland has had two fairly long spells of sunny weather. In the first Mhairi and I visited Jura and Islay. On Jura we climbed the Paps Beinn Shiantaidh and Beinn an Oir; visited Corryvreckan; did a little rock climbing, and sampled the whisky.
On Islay we did some cycling, general sightseeing, bird-watching, and more whisky sampling. Overall it was a great island trip.
Since our return I’ve been fortunate to do a fair bit of rock climbing; on the local crags with climbing partners old and new, at the wall (where I clean top-roped my first “7a”) and a quick trip to Glencoe for Agag’s Groove.
Mhairi and I also found my birthday route from four years ago had made it into print in the new Highland Outcrops South Guidebook.
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