Cors Caron

Here is somewhere I’d like to go again – Cors Caron.

There’s a boardwalk across the peat bog – you leave your bikes here, on these rather nifty bike racks.
Stop to admire the carvings on the gateway…
…then plunge into the bog.

Sadly, I wasn’t feeling very well, so we had to truncate our walk.

Never mind…it’ll wait.

Finlaggan

Sometimes you just happen across a place. Thanks to Hamish Haswell-Smith we went decided to visit Finlaggan, the cradle of the Clan Donald, the Lords of the Isles.

In Loch Finlaggan are three artificial islands. You can walk to Eilean Mor (large island) – in the past there would have been a causeway to Eilean na Comhairle (the council island), where the Lord of the Isles would have been installed.

The ‘interpretation centre’ was extremely good, I especially liked the reception desk in the shape of a Viking long ship.
There were lots of lovely finds, including this Christ, a pilgrim badge from Rome, and a delicate buckle from a dog collar.
Walking out across the walkway gave us a good look at the flora & fauna of the peat bog at the loch edge.
Bog myrtle (I think)…
…water lilies…
…and ragged robin.
With views over to the ‘Paps of Jura’, this was a unique & magical place.