We decided to make the most of these calm, crisp, bright days, even if daylight hours are greatly restricted. So it was that we set out for Beinn Mhurstat, part of the the modest ridge that includes Beinn Hough and Cnoc an Fhithich. On route to the start of our walk we were compelled to stop at Balephetrish Bay as the view towards the Small Isles and Skye was stunning. The island of Rum was framed by snow capped peaks.
Just before parking for the start of our walk, we passed a cottage appropriately lit up with the words – Ho! Ho! Ho!. No doubt this was the shortened version of Hough! Hough! Hough! (Pronounced ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!)
Even as we set out the sun was beginning to set in the west, yet affording clear views north-west towards the Outer Hebrides and to the south-west towards Skerryvore lighthouse. Making its way south from the Minch was the British registered vessel the ‘INGRID KNUTSEN’.
The summit of Beinn Mhurstat is crowned with a communication mast serving NATS and two mobile phone companies. Ironically, for 19 days due to storm damage to the network elsewhere, Tiree was a Mobile-Free zone. Thankfully today service has been restored, even if coverage is poor.
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With sun already set we arrived back in Scarinish. There was just enough light left to photograph the winter lochen that appears at the top of Pier Road.