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Lochearnhead [56 23 5 N, 4 16 47 W], and its water sports centre, was an ideal stop on the way up to Glen Coe.


The striking Glen Coe valley.


The Corran ferry is one of the few mainland vehicle ferries in Scotland, and avoids a 40 mile drive around Loch Linhe.


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After an unprecedented two weeks of sunshine, the weather had turned by the time we arrived. We settled for a low level walk into the “hidden valley” of Glen Coe; the valley is narrow at its bottom (L), hiding the broad valley at the top.


A nice example of an Orange Birch Bolete, Leccinum versipelle, with its orange cap and distinctive grey scaly stalk. Unfortunately we only identified it and discovered that it (or rather its cap) was edible after the event!


Clearly a property owner who values his privacy!


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The Glencoe ski area is the oldest ski area in Scotland, and frankly some of the infrastructure was showing its age. But we weren’t going to pass over the option of saving over 1000 feet of hard slog up!

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Views from the top of Meall a’ Bhùiridh (1108 m) over the desolate Rannoch Moor. (L) The mountain in the middle distance on the left is the distinctive Buachaille Etive Mòr, which stands at the head of  Glen Coe.

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A rather long diversion down the virtually uninhabited Glen Etive. (R) It was impossible not to look for the “sheep transporter” marked on the map. And there it was – a crate for carrying sheep across the Etive! You can just make out the farmer who seems to be making some much needed repairs.


The end of the road at Loch Etive – not perhaps the most exciting destination.

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Fungi found in woods in Glen Etive: (L) a lovely looking, but sadly flystruck, cep, Boletus edulis, and (R) probably some type of cortinarius, a large, confusing genus of fungi, which have a distinctive web-like veil underneath when young, but which are almost all poisonous and best avoided completely.


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(L) The charming Glencoe Cottage where we stayed. (R) The quirky Glencoe Folk Museum. As it happened, Invercoe House (of which our cottage was an annexe) had been sold to raise money for museum!

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