Damn You Highland Goats...YUCK!
Neist Point Travel Blog› entry 25 of 49 › view all entries
December 29th, 2007 – by: TRE69
The footpath soon descended, at times quite steeply, along the a southwestern cliff face of Mointeach nan Tarbh. The paved footpath was thankfully bordered by a sturdy hand rail as well as a long series of steps. The descent was made troublesome by the previous rainfall which made the pavement and steps slick.
Along the path we passed a ruined shack that was the remains of an aerial cableway to move supplies down to the lighthouse. After this shack the footpath leveled off at the grassy plateau. At the far end of the plateau, the footpath then gradually sloped down along the eastern face of An t-Aigeach (which means the Stallion's Head). As we drew closer and closer to the lighthouse, the sun began to peek out from behind the clouds which resulted in rainbows arching over the landscape.
I was probably about 50 or so yards away from the lighthouse when Alex yelled from afar at us to start heading back while there was still daylight to illuminate our trail. I snapped a few photos then turned around and retraced the route back up to the car park.
If I had more time and if the headland wasn't a soggy muddy mess, I would have ventured closer to the lighthouse even though it lies on private land and is fenced off. Furthermore, the lighthouse is apparently surrounded by a basalt shoreline similar to that of Giant's Causeway on Northern Ireland.
The trek back up to the car park was so tiring. At times I felt like I was pulling myself up with the aid of the hand rail. As I neared the top, I could hear Mar cheering me on and to not stop moving because it only makes getting restarted much harder. The clouds rolled in quite quickly. As soon as we got into the mini coach, the skies were dark and gloomy. I am thankful we didn't get stuck on the trail in the rain that's for sure.
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