Bealach na Bà …

This was a novel experience.  I have been active on WordPress for just under three years and while I exchange comments with other bloggers on a regular basis, I have never met anyone face-to-face. This changed on Sunday when we climbed Bealach na Bà and headed down to the Applecross Inn to meet Ali, the writer and photographer behind ApplecrossLife – a fascinating insight into an isolated community.

I was on a mission – Ali provided me with some fine quotes for Golf in the Wild and I wanted to give him a copy of the book. As a non-golfer I am not sure how useful/welcome this might be but when the winter comes I understand it makes a fine eco-friendly fuel 🙂  It was a shame that he was working and we were on a tight schedule heading north but I am very pleased we made the effort to call by – it was good to meet you Ali!

The book has brought me into contact with a wide range of different people, all of them at a distance by email. Part of this trip has been about meeting everyone in the flesh and it has been a delight.  The rest of the trip is research for the sequel: Golf in the Wild – Coming Home.  My ‘caddy’ remains remarkably patient bearing in mind that she has been agitating for a visit to warmer climes.  At Christmas I took her to the Arctic and this was the weather coming over the pass on Sunday 😀

Storm brewing ... Passing Place ... Above the snow line... At the summit ...


  1. Great photos! And I bet it was great to put a real life face to a name.

  2. west517 · April 14, 2015

    Wow– Brrrrrrr!! This is a terrific set! It’s hard for me to imagine this weather this time of year where I am… It’s sunny and warm. (I especially enjoyed the 3rd image.)
    I also wanted to let you know that my blog has changed. I lost all my content and followers during a transfer. If you would still like to follow me, my new blog address is:

    • northumbrianlight · April 15, 2015

      Many thanks, it is not supposed to be like that here either 🙂
      Sorry to here about your blog, that must be really annoying – it reminds me I should back mine up more regularly. I have followed your new one.

      • west517 · April 15, 2015

        Thank you very much! 🙂

  3. thegreyeye · April 14, 2015

    wow, I always wanted to meet someone from my co bloggers,

  4. livinglikemabel · April 14, 2015

    Nice post excellent photos 👍

  5. sloppy buddhist · April 14, 2015

    these are a beautiful series…love this weather too :mrgreen:

    • northumbrianlight · April 15, 2015

      Many thanks, perfect example of being in the right place at the right time 🙂

      • sloppy buddhist · April 15, 2015

        yes it’s all about the context…but also your eye 😀 happy day to you.

  6. LaVagabonde · April 15, 2015

    Awesome photos. It’s always interesting when you meet bloggers you’ve “known” online in real life. I’ve done it twice. So nice to hear your research for the next book is going well. I’m really enjoying your book. I’d definitely say that it’s not just for golfers. Enjoy the rest of your journey. 😀

    • northumbrianlight · April 15, 2015

      Many thanks Julie – the research is the best bit. The worst bit is the ‘marketing’/selling. Played today – the weather was so good I am tempted to publish some photos.
      (and thanks for the encouraging words re the book).

  7. Cindi · April 16, 2015

    It looks like a fascinating trip, especially as I like cooler weather and their landscapes … but yes, I think a trip to warmer climes is in store for your very patient caddy! 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · April 17, 2015

      It is a grand tour Cindi and it is even getting warmer – the caddy is smiling again 🙂

  8. Malin H · April 17, 2015

    I hope we’ll meet someday, Robin. 🙂
    Wonderful images as always! ❤

    • northumbrianlight · April 17, 2015

      Many thanks Malin – it would be really good to meet one day 🙂 ❤
      We are heading to Lapland via Stockholm in the summer but think we will be too far north.

      • Malin H · April 18, 2015

        Oh yes, Lapland is too far north from here… But I hope you will enjoy the trip! ❤️

  9. littledogslaughed · April 17, 2015

    Wow! I can feel the cold looking at this images- and the desolation-i think my favorite image is the last with that lovely cloudscape-beautiful images Robin and this sounds like a fascinating bit of the world-

    • northumbrianlight · April 18, 2015

      Many thanks Meg – one of my favourite parts of the world – regardless of the weather 🙂

  10. Beauty Along the Road · April 20, 2015

    Still rough into spring – what a landscape!

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