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Neist Point Travel Blog

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Rainbows and mist descending upon Neist Point with Waterstein Head and Moonen Bay in the background. Will I find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?
Our mini coach headed further west on B884. Alex then took a minor road near Upper Milovaig which traversed the Mointeach nan Tarbh (a flat bogland section west of Loch Mor) before ending at a car park that overlooks Neist Point. The weather looked threatening with some strong gusts of wind and dark gray cloudy skies. But the views, even just from the car park were amazing. Bad weather be damned...we started down the paved footpath.
 
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.
Me, Mar, and Moonen Bay
In addition, most of the land surrounding Neist Point is grazing land for the nearby township so the entire footpath was mucked up by goat shit. Combined with the wetness from the rain, part of our hike reeked of animal feces. I had a few close calls where, even when grasping the hand rail, I almost slipped on shit and rain slicked pavement.

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.
Neist Point Lighthouse
..it was beautiful.

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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Rainbows and mist descending upon …
Rainbows and mist descending upon…
Me, Mar, and Moonen Bay
Me, Mar, and Moonen Bay
Neist Point Lighthouse
Neist Point Lighthouse
The view away from Neist Point Lig…
The view away from Neist Point Li…
Dark clouds over Moonen Bay threat…
Dark clouds over Moonen Bay threa…
Turbulent skies over Moonen Bay ar…
Turbulent skies over Moonen Bay a…
From the Neist Point Lighthouse ca…
From the Neist Point Lighthouse c…
Rainbows and mist descending upon …
Rainbows and mist descending upon…
An t-Aigeach, in the distance, is …
An t-Aigeach, in the distance, is…
Mar on the Neist Point Lighthouse …
Mar on the Neist Point Lighthouse…
View of Moonen Bay and Waterstein …
View of Moonen Bay and Waterstein…
Grazing land along the pathway to …
Grazing land along the pathway to…
Sea cliff near Neist Point
Sea cliff near Neist Point
The sun shedding a spotlight on Wa…
The sun shedding a spotlight on W…
The almost equidistant rows in the…
The almost equidistant rows in th…
Looking across the Moonen Bay at N…
Looking across the Moonen Bay at …
Neist Point and lighthouse
Neist Point and lighthouse
Mar closing in on Neist Point Ligh…
Mar closing in on Neist Point Lig…
Neist Point Lighthouse as the sun …
Neist Point Lighthouse as the sun…
An t-Aigeach and a rainbow...but n…
An t-Aigeach and a rainbow...but …
Mar on the path to Neist Point Lig…
Mar on the path to Neist Point Li…
My poor attempt at a self-portrait
My poor attempt at a self-portrait
Mointeach nan Tarbh in the far dis…
Mointeach nan Tarbh in the far di…
Coastal grazing land at Neist Poin…
Coastal grazing land at Neist Poi…
Mar sun gazing on the walk back up…
Mar sun gazing on the walk back u…
A closeup of Neist Fhiadhaich
A closeup of Neist Fhiadhaich
Alex...our tour guide
Alex...our tour guide
Me carefully walking down the Neis…
Me carefully walking down the Nei…
On the Neist Point Lighthouse path…
On the Neist Point Lighthouse pat…
The craggy cliff face of An t-Aige…
The craggy cliff face of An t-Aig…
Mar and Waterstein Head and Moonen…
Mar and Waterstein Head and Moone…
So close but still so far away...
So close but still so far away...
A rainbow over An t-Aigeach
A rainbow over An t-Aigeach
Me on the path to Neist Point Ligh…
Me on the path to Neist Point Lig…
Alex patiently waiting for the res…
Alex patiently waiting for the re…
Mar and the Stallions Head (An t-…
Mar and the Stallion's Head (An t…
An t-Aigeach
An t-Aigeach
Neist Point viewed from Waterstein…
Neist Point viewed from Waterstei…
Neist Point
photo by: dl4plm