Chimney Stac

One of my first summer jobs was way up on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, in the picturesque port town of Ullapool. The job itself was terrible (I would last a mere few weeks before getting a better offer and escaping to England), but I could not have found a more beautiful location. Framed by mountains to the north and east, Loch Broom to the south and the Summer Isles to the west, there were innumerable hikes and explorations to be had for the actively inclined. Perhaps my most notable was the imposing Stac Pollaidh (the spiky mountain at the very bottom left below), from which I took the 360° panorama above (while standing on a ~1′ x ~1′ rock chimney).

UllapoolBen More Coigach

Above, left to right: Ullapool and Loch Broom, Ben More Coigach from Beinn Giubhais. Below, left to right: Loch Achall from Creag Nam Broc, the Summer Isles from Meall Mor.

Loch AchallSummer Isles

An TeallachBeinn Eilideach

Above, left to right: An Teallach from Beinn Eilideach, at the summit of Beinn Eilideach. Below, left to right: Stac Pollaidh, Strath Kanaird.

Stac PollaidhStrath Kanaird