A short walk up Glen Kinloch
A Short walk along Glen Kinloch
I am almost certain he was the same fine red stag I had seen grazing with the horses as we entered the harbour. He saw us but wasn’t freaked as a truly wild one used to being pursued for part of the year, would have been. He stood, and we stood, looking at each other over the thistles and when we had clicked away for a few moments he wandered across the track into the woods. Maybe he was hand-reared for some reason.
We turned away from the shore and took a vehicle track leading to the estate offices and beyond for a short distance and then turned right through a gate and up a grassy track as the sun shone out warming our backs nicely and revealing a beautiful green and heathery sided glen with the generous and rushing Kinloch Burn running down the centre.
Fields deep with grasses and surrounded with stone walls lay on our left, facing the sun, and above us natural woodland and lots of escallonia, pittosporum, and rowan covered in berries abounded. The narrow winding track turned sharp left and downwards as it reached the burn and I was curious where the little used route ahead went to. I was deterred from finding out because Rob was well ahead and going downhill and because of the risk of picking up a tick or two. Even though I was well covered against them, after our South African safari experience and more recently, one never knows.
By now the sun was hot, hot, hot and with the burn bubbling happily beside us we startled a female red deer and her fawn right ahead of us, I think we were just as startled, and I think the little butterfly is a speckled wood butterfly. Further along the burn we chatted briefly with a lady who was helping her little daughter paddle in a shallow, cool pool.
Uplifted by the perfect walk, in soothing temperatures, I sorted the pictures back on board, always a happy re-visit of the recent experience, and we decided to give Canna another go on the morrow.
Having seen a few yachts settle well on their own anchors, it was worth knowing that anchoring in Kinloch was a more successful option than in Canna, should we need it.