As I think I’ve said before on here, September is my favourite month. As folk go back to work and kids are back in the classroom, outdoor destinations breathe a collective sigh of relief as tranquillity descends again.
For the other half and I, it heralds our ‘main’ holiday of the year, usually two weeks north of the border and this year is no exception.
We’re not being particularly innovative during week one, though. I’m going to point the car towards Aviemore and the Rothiemurchus Forest for chilly nights under canvas among the trees.
The bikes will come with us and I hope for some clear weather so I get among the Cairngorms proper this time. Hope is a good thing…
The second week is a little different. We’ll jump on a tiny ferry at Mallaig and be whisked to Kylesmorar on the Nevis estate.
This once bustling area of herring fishing and farmsteads will be our home for the week, our only company being estate staff and a family of pigs.
Across Loch Nevis are the Rough Bounds and Knoydart, and we hope to bag a trip on a boat to Inverie for Langoustines at the Old Forge.
We’ll take plenty of fishing gear, too: feathers and spinners for mackerel from Loch Nevis and the fly rod for clambering over rough peaks to hill lochans and small, but perfectly formed, wild brown trout. The latter will definitely not be for the pot.
There’s also the option to fish the mighty Loch Morar, although one wonders where to start on such a vast body of water
I hope this will provide the detachment we both need right now. Things have not been great for my partner over the last few months and we’d both like to draw a line under this unsavoury period.
Kylesmorar seems a good place to achieve it.