Monday 2 December 2019

A visit to a secret beach

Experience has taught me, when Gail announces we're going for a walk to some "favourite beach", not to expect a palm fringed tropical paradise populated with bronzed, rip-muscled surfer dudes and blonde bikini clad beauties...

But I admit I was surprised on Saturday morning when we started at Kenmore, by the shores of Loch Torridon (a sea inlet, you'll remember) and headed inland and uphill.

Even more of a surprise was the fact that, following a rain sodden few weeks, we were finally enjoying a day of crystal clear blue skies and zero mph wind.

After a couple of miles of walking directly south into the low winter sun, our eyes were feeling somewhat dazzled and we were both pleased to descend to our destination, a small loch nestling in the hummocky hills.

Gail then located a little bay, almost hidden by the heather, where the water was edged by a few meters of sand.

"Is this all?" I wanted to bark, but Gail seemed well content with her secret beach. She sat down and took the cheese sandwiches (a big one for her and a small and somewhat dry one for me) and a flask of coffee out of her daypack and exclaimed: "What a lovely and peaceful place, don't you think Bertie?"

I didn't disagree. After all, it would have been churlish to point out the shortage of space for zoomies and the disappointing absence of decomposing marine life...

We stayed there for about half an hour, disturbed only by a solitary hill runner loping past, then walked back to the car, enjoying the views across to Loch Torridon with the sun thankfully now shining on our backs.


  1. oh that is a beautiful place!!! and that's your beach now, right?

  2. Bertie
    Gail has the best road trips for y'all and all that beauty is free. It is so lovely there the weather looks perfect too.
    Wow after that long hike you still had energy to romp...if there had been romping space
    Hugs Cecilia

  3. What a beautiful outing for you and Gail, Bertie!

  4. That sure is a beautiful and peaceful looking place you and Gail found.

  5. That looks like a nice place, and surely you got some zoomies during the hike?

  6. God-dog son! That looks gorgeous. What a place for walkies (or in my case, carries).

  7. Hari OM
    What an incredible privilege to have such a secret shore, Bertie lad... small but pawfectly formed! Like your own good self... Hugs and wgas, YAM-aunty xxx

  8. Your own private beach...even if small AND after a great walk, AND a cheese is good!

  9. What a beautiful walk and day you are super lucky to see such marvelous things! Your own little beach! Did you go wading? We would have!

    Kiki and Rosie

    1. On the left hand side of the second beach photo you'll see a small patch of ice floating in the loch. I know this wouldn't bother you husky types, but I don't go paddling in near freezing water!

    2. We would love to wade in that icy goodness!

  10. What a beautimous walk Bertie...and even though it may not have been the pawfect dog did get a cheees sandwich, right? :-)
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  11. Bertie that's such a beautiful place you went to visit. We wish we could have a lovely walk around a place like what you visit. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Have a great day.
    World of Animals

  12. What a wonderful walk and beautiful destination!
    Mabel & Hilda

  13. That is a very special place. We would like to have a special spot like that. You are a great companion. I don't think your mom would go there alone.

  14. What a beautiful place, Bertie. You're a lucky boy to have Gail take you to so many lovely places - and take your photo. And you share a cheese sandwich too!
    We don't go far these days, so I have to be content with a walk along the seafront for a change of scene. I'd love to go on the walks that you do, even if the beach isn't big enough for zoomies. I do those up and down our drive!

    Inca xx

  15. What a special find, Bertie. You live in a beautiful place.

  16. Dear Bertie,

    Once again I am jealous of your walking places. Even though there was no decomposing wildlife. I wish we had a Walk like that here!


  17. It looks like the perfect walk and an amazingly nice day for so late in the year.

  18. You have a secret beach why that is kind of like The Secret Garden. Lee loved that novel when she was young and we love seeing your secret beach.