Road to the isles, 3rd July, eagles and lochs

Next morning the view from our campsite at Killiechronan was dry but a wreath of cloud lay over the mountains on the other side of the loch.

Driving around the coast towards Ulva we passed Kellan wood and saw a lay-by where there were a number of people with binoculars. As we suspected there was a pair white tailed eagles who seemed to be nesting in part of the wood which was a long way away. But they were flying fairly close to us. We must have stopped by the side of the road for at least an hour watching them, until they favoured another area to hunt and got too distant. When the eagles were not visible I amused myself taking pictures over the loch.

We moved on to Ulva, a pretty place where a ferry goes across to Ulva island and you can get a boat to Staffa and the Treshnish Islands. This is probably preferable to getting a trip from Fionnphort although quite expensive.There was a small white cottage by the jetty with lobster pots piled up against it.

There is a small waterfall just north of Ulva which we visited. I found it hard to get satisfactory pictures of it. It does fall over the cliff onto the beach but you would need a boat, or have to walk a way to see it, so I could only photograph the small top part of the fall, which was quite obscured with foliage and difficult to get a good view of.

Finally we drove north to the tropical looking beach of Calgary, where we spent the night in a little car park by a field of buttercups and daisies. We went to a rather battered pier accessible by walking along the coast path. It was used by a village, now abandoned that lies nearby. Strangely the puddles on the verges at the side of the path were filled with tadpoles, I hoped they did not dry out. 
As the sun went down I walked alone on the beach, happy to be out with my tripod.


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