Happy Valley Revisited

Happy Valley Revisited.
Our initial visit was in August 2013.
We had just moved to the island and had finished unpacking.
Our eldest son wanted to explore somewhere we had not been before.

Happy Valley view from the footpath leading to the shore.
Happy Valley view from the footpath leading to the shore.

It’s Monday and we have company on our walk.
My wee brother and his wife are staying with us for a few days.
With the weather being great for November we decided to visit Happy Valley.

Our starting point - the Hynish Centre
Our starting point – the Hynish Centre

As detailed in a previous post,
we had enjoyed coffee at the newly opened Hynish Cafe,
before setting out on the walk at the western extremity of the island.

A grand example of the highland cow.
A grand example of the highland cow

As we made our way up the road and onto the footpath,
we were being closely watched by a highland cow,
who also clocked our return.

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The walk is clearly detailed on the Isle of Tiree website.
On the web-page there is a PDF file which you can print out.
You will also find the walk in the superb 2016 book Tiree Walks.

Even in November there is plenty to see and capture your interest.
A friendly dog ‘Poppy’ came to greet us and would willingly have joined us.
However, the master arrived on the scene and she was promptly summoned.

The walk took us longer than detailed in the guides.
This was nothing to do with our fitness levels!
Rather there was so much of interest.

There is no real certainty as to how the valley was so named.
It is a widely held that it originates from World War Two.
When airmen were stationed on the island.

Where the valley meets the ocean there is much to see.
To the right are some significant rock formations.
But be careful when clambering over the rocks.
This is no place to sprain an ankle –
No place to break a leg!

To be sure the Western Extremity is very different.
It truly captures the imagination.

The way back home
The way back home

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ on a November afternoon.