OK, so I am back from holidays now. So how did it go? Well I would say quiet well. We actually enjoyed quiet good weather (at least considering where we went).
We actually managed to get on most of the mountains we had planned for plus some others.
Most memorable were the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye. Not just the pinnacles all the tourists do, but actually the ridge, which was marvellous, since we actually ended up on one height with the lower edge of the clouds:
Then there was Ben Lomond. Now this was a mixed one for is. Last year we were sent on the Westhighland Way and only after running into some forest workers we realised our mistake and tracked back. Eventually this meant we ran out of time and had to turn around about 2/3 up. This year we had planned to do better and started early, knowing the route from last year. It actually went quiet well, but close to the top we suddenly experienced a massive weather change with a temperature drop, sudden strong winds and ice cold driving rain. We still tried our best, but had to turn around roughly 50 meters (altitude) below the summit. The next two days the weather was even poorer and we had to call it off for this year. Quiet frustrating!But the final big one for this year consoled us. Mount Snowdon. Went up the Pigs Track and down the Miners Track (plus an additional mile either way to get out of the Pay and Display zone). While the peak was covered by a thick layers of clouds virtually all the way up and down, we enjoyed a virtually perfect clear sky the hour we were up there.
So all in all a perfectly great holiday (except for a stomach bug I caught) and I am returning completely relaxed! It only feels very strange to continue painting a unit that you have not touched or seen in over three weeks!
Next post will go into a little more detail about the other big event of our trip (the 40th Anniversary Runrig concert), but after that it will be back to minis… I promise!
I leave you with a (very) few pictures from our trip that took us from Hadrian´s Wall, counter clockwise around Scotland and into Wales: