Picture Perfect Plockton

Plockton Panoramic

The 21st of October 2013 saw me embark on the final year of my 20′s…one of those days where you are not quite sure whether to celebrate or go into hiding! Instead we decided to do something a bit different to mark the occasion so made a few phone calls then headed off on a short road trip from Gairloch to Plockton. One of the phone calls was to book a trip out on Calum’s Seal Trips and unfortunately we arrived too late (the joys of slow moving cars and single track roads in Wester Ross) to make the boat in time so instead became mesmerised by the jaw-dropping, picture perfect scenery which was surrounding us and got the cameras out…it was impossible to resist! And as the tide was right out it allowed us to take Snow Dog Beau out to the small island in front of Plockton village for a swim while we got snap happy….

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The reflections, the boats, the wildlife, the clouds, the hills, the sun, the Autumn colours and the peacefulness all made for a perfect photo taking environment and it was difficult to stop snapping but forty five minutes later we decided to head back down to the harbour to try and catch Calum (who we had met in the village on a previous trip to Plockton) coming back in from the trip we were meant to be on to apologise for our lateness, and much to our delight were offered our very own private trip out to see the seals if we were happy to hang on for ten minutes or so while he nipped back to the house…

Sula MhorOn board the boat, the Sula Mhor we had open reign on where to sit or stand…it was like being on our very own private charter, bliss! By this time it was around 5pm and the colours surrounding us were getting better by the minute with the changes in the light and position of the sun, giving a warm autumnal glow to the water, land and sky all around us.

Sula Mhor, PlocktonEn route to see the seals Calum kept us entertained with stories of the area including the recently installed ‘modern’ perch (used to mark dangerous rocks) and how the old one will now be taking pride of place in his garden as a feature (look forward to seeing the photos of that). And being ‘west coasters’ ourselves we shared stories on how Gairloch and Plockton have changed over the years. And as soon as Calum found out we were out for the day to celebrate my birthday he invited us down to the bar for a ‘birthday drink’; fantastic Highland hospitality at its best!

If we thought the views from Plockton itself were pretty impressive then we hadn’t seen anything yet. The whole experience on the boat was amazing, from close up views of Duncraig Castle to appreciating the grandeur of the Applecross Mountains and Bealach Na Ba all bathed in sunshine and then of course the stars of the trip, the seals who were highly entertaining and super cute!

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Back on dry land the photo opportunities didn’t stop there, with the sun setting in the distance Plockton was bathed in a beautiful pink glow. Plockton village itself is full of perfect little ‘chocolate box’ houses and quite bizarrely, palm trees but these just add even more character to the picture perfect little village…

Plockton HotelAfter finally managing to pull ourselves away from the awe inspiring scenery we made it into the Plockton Hotel for another ‘birthday drink’; this time a refreshing G&T and within ten minutes of being in the cosy bar relaxing and watching plates of delicious food pass by we decided to stay for dinner too and weren’t disappointed.

Ribeye Steak at Plockton HotelThe menu was vast and had lots of fresh, local produce on offer. I opted for the scallops to start and the Ribeye steak with whisky and peppercorn sauce for main which then totally stumped me for sampling dessert. Friends who had recommended the Plockton Hotel previously were certainly spot on and now pleased to say we can now support their recommendations too!

This was only my second time in Plockton (the first time encountered awesome fish & chips) but certainly won’t be the last…


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