Thursday, 25 August 2011

Ferns ,Brambles and a wee secret




On the A835 south of Ullapool just as you get to the foot of Beinn Eildeach you will see a wee gate hidden on the left.

Take the time to stop and i tell you it will be a stop you will remember forever…

I have been to this wee hidden path many times and each time i leave with a huge smile and ready to face the world again.

Jump the rusty old gate and you will see a path leading off to the right , take it and quickly you will be faced with a wall ten feet and more tall , Ferns and brambles seem to block all and any attempt to carry on .

But push on and slowly the path will open but be ready to be scratched by brambles as if alive trying all in their power to stop you reaching the SECRET of the wee path .
Every few steps you will be tripped up and as you make your way further and further in the  light from the sun will fade to nothing .
Don’t be scared and take a wee tip get doon on your knees and the path will unfold before you , eventually you will come to a tree with branches reaching oot and all touching the ground , pull one back and there you will see

Seals at play anything from a single one to 7 , 10 or more and if you emerge gently they will watch you approach but then carry on 
To watch seals at play truly a wonderful gift …

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