3rd May The Fairy Lochs from Shieldaig

Monday is our full day off so we’ve decided to attempt this walk today.  It is only five miles but is across boggy ground so we definitely needed our boots and gaiters.

The route took us to the Lochan Sgeirach (Fairy Lochs) and in one of them is a memorial to the crew and passengers of a US aircraft that crashed here on 13 June 1945.

Memorial

Memorial

Memorial Plaque

Memorial Plaque

The Liberator crashed in poor visibility as it was returning home with the loss of 15 lives.  The wreckage forms part of the memorial and the plaque erected on the crag where the plane crashed asks “This site is their last resting place.  Please treat with respect and take only memories.” Wreckage can still be seen around the edge of the Loch.

Propeller

Propeller

Engine

Engine

More wreckage

More wreckage

As we continued our journey, the going got a bit tougher as we were coming down.  The paths are not like the ones we are used to in the Lake District – as the sign at the beginning of the walk says, ‘Take Care, You are entering remote, sparsely-populated, potentially dangerous country. Please ensure that you are adequately experienced and equipped to complete your journey without assistance’. We both thought twice about continuing………….and then carried on as we were all of the above!

The views out to Gairloch Bay though were worth the effort.

Gairloch in the distance

Gairloch in the distance

As a treat we then travelled another couple of miles to the village of Badachro  to the pub there and had something to eat.  The Badachro Inn had been recommended to us by Philip & Julia and we were not disappointed.

Badachro Inn

Badachro Inn

The staff were friendly, the food excellent and the view from the restaurant/bar out over the Loch were beautiful – heaven on a plate!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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