Saturday 5th May
It was a beautiful spring morning as I left the house with newly arrived Swallows darting about and a Cuckoo calling in the distance. I walked up quiet minor roads in the sunshine quickly settling into long distance walking mode before reaching the track into wind-farm country, Cairn Uish, above Elgin.
|After skirting the masts I took to deep heather and moss that was so dry it crumbled under my feet, like walking on cornflakes. I almost stood on a Curlew sitting on her clutch of four eggs camouflaged in the heather.|
Wading through the heather against an increasing wind gave me plenty of exercise as I approached the next set of turbines, on Carn Shalag above Granton-on-Spey, where I had hoped to pitch by Clais na Gaibhre.
However I had to go on to the next valley to escape the noise. I pitched beside an almost dry stream and spent the first night in my new Akto with a few blustery showers, the first rain for weeks!.