Motoring tour of Kintail, May 1980

This gallery features images taken during a weeks' motoring tour of the North West Highlands in May 1980.
On the second day of our holiday Graham and I have left Cannich and travelled via Loch Ness and Invergarry, and have decided to follow the lonely Kinloch Hourn road alongside the north shore of Loch Garry, pictured here. 
Graham ponders the scenery around Loch Garry
Further along the road, past the Tomdoun Hotel, we reached the magnificent scenery around Loch Quoich.
Looking westwards into the light and towards the Knoydart and Kintail mountains.
Loch Quoich and the Kintail munros
Sgurr a Mhaoriach and Gleouriach seen from Loch Quoich
The Knoydart and Kintail mountains from Loch Quoich
Gleann Hourn, and the short run down from the watershed to Loch Hourn
Kinloch Hourn
Kinloch Hourn
Loch Hourn (supposedly "Lake of Hell"). Looks pretty idyllic to me.
After an overnight B&B with forest ranger Sandy Ferguson and his wife, we've driven back to the main road and have stopped at the Loch Garry viewpoint. The Kintail peaks are seen in the distance.
Loch Loyne, with Spidean Mialach and the South Glenshiel Ridge at the far end.
Looking along Loch Loyne to the east, with Glen Morriston beyond.
We turned left into Glen Shiel, where the road first passes along the north shore of Loch Cluanie
Aonach air Chrith and Maol Chinn-Dearg, two of the seven munros of the South Glenshiel ridge.
The western half of the South Glenshiel Ridge.
The steep slopes of Sgurr Fhuaran on the north side of the glen.
Looking directly along the Shiel river towards the Saddle.
The Saddle group seen from near Shiel Bridge.
The weather was not so good on the following day, but Graham and I returned to Glen Shiel and hiked into Coire Toiteil, between Sgurr na Sgine and Sgurr a Bhac Chaolais
In the evening a hazy sun came out, casting a limpid but warm glow over Loch Duich, seen here from near Eilean Donan Castle.
A magnificently backlit Eilean Donan Castle.
Loch Duich
Eilean Donan Castle, contre-jour
The sun glints between the drifts of wrack on the shore of Loch Duich
Golden sky, and the Red Cuillin of Skye, seen along the length of Loch Alsh.
The bridge linking Eilean Donan Castle with the shore.

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