January Snow

January snow

Mingary Castle seen from the west

The western end of Ardnamurchan, protruding as it does into the warm waters of the Atlantic, is more used to gales than snow but, when it comes, even a light fall will transform the landscape.  This picture was taken ten days ago, and the next batch of snow is due over the coming days.  The snow rarely lasts long in our warm climate – but if there is a substantial fall the community can be cut off for days.

Picture shows the south curtain wall of Mingary Castle, with the slopes of Ben Hiant behind.  Work continues on the castle despite some bitter conditions, and completion is still scheduled for early summer.  Almost all repairs have been completed on the outer walls, so the scaffolding should be coming down in the next few weeks, another major landmark on this historic renovation of a mediaeval castle.

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