Expedition 113 - 12th June 2004
The Three Old Maids

The forecast wasn't too good and there was an alternative event going on, so we were a select band of six explorers: Abbie, Ben, Charlie, Melissa, Sarah and Thomas, with five helpers: Chris, John Evans, Pamela, Philippa and Sandra plus two pathfinding dogs: Bruce and Stan.

In spite of the damp ground, hardly a midge was to be seen until we got out of the woods and reached the outcrop known as the Three Old Maids, and a quick application of repellent kept them at bay until a breeze got up. The explorers spent a long time investigating the stones and the little 'secret' chamber under the centre stone. One of the girls took a photograph through the lookout window. The weather was clear so the explorers were able to see all of the Kinlochmoidart area, including the reservoir, the old course of the river and some very old cultivation marks.

After a quick wafer, or two in some instances, we struggled back to the path and continued up to the top of the hill where we stopped on a peninsula into Loch nam Paitean. There was a cuckoo calling from one of the wooded islands and the explorers were able to watch two red-throated divers on the water, but we didn't see an eagle this time.

When we started to get cold, we all packed up and quickly returned down the hill to our well-earned lunches. This is the biggest climb of any expedition, the loch is about 360 metres above our starting point.John Dye


Kinlochmoidart House in hand ...

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