11 July 2011

Mist heads North

I always enjoy waking up after a night in the tent but when the views are as good as they are on a cool clear morning at the Kingshouse hotel in the upper reaches of Glencoe then the pleasure is multiplied x times. The views that morning were picture postcard (see photo gallery), not that Mist was particularly impressed, her main aim appeared to be to make friends with all the other happy campers and then try and steal their breakfast. I have to apologise to a Dutch (German?) couple of lads who I am convinced lost a chunk of their bacon & eggs after a quick sortie by the dog whilst they were away having a wash/clean up in the river. She is a thief and I seem to be able to do little about it.

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This was a shortened trip to Scotland and we ended up bagging a couple of Corbetts north of Glenfinnan on the Saturday and returned via Tinto and the Howgills on Sunday night. Mist though was in her element, sheep are much less of a problem in the Highlands so she could fully concentrate on the walking and making sure that myself and Barry were ’rounded up’ and kept together. At one stage she shot off for nearly 1/2 a mile looking for Barry who was in fact just around a rocky outcrop – and to think that I was seriously considering training her up to be a SARDA rescue dog! It was my first time in Ardgour/Moidart, principally because there are no Munros in the region, and it is undoubtedly hard work and reminiscent of nearby Knoydart. The terrain is rough and largely trackless with sweeping views across wild peaks – an area worthy of some more exploration. Certainly Mist agreed as she has taken on Bracken’s habit of stopping when I stop and sitting bolt upright to, seemingly, admire the view. She has good taste.

A mention too for a visit to to west Cumbria and a long day in Ennerdale enjoying a superb circuit of Steeple and Haycock. However I had never walked the lakeside track which contoured the south side of Ennerdale. In fact it is as good as Ullswater (just less crowded) and Mist enjoyed it so much she spent the entire way whacking my shins with sticks which I was obliged to chuck as far as I could in to the lake. Swimming is now a favourite pastime…she loves it. All in all a good few days which avoided the worst of the late June weather.

I have selected a full set of photos which are shown in the photo gallery above..bless her!

Previous posts on Mist the Border Collie:

Early summer stay in Wasdale. May 2011

Mist & the outdoors in Spring. Apr 2011

Training Mist. Mar 2011

Pleasures & Problems. Jan 2011

Early Days of Mist, October 2010