Finnich Glen - an Autumn Adventure in Scotland

Woodland walk in Autumnnal Scotland.

Our Instagram followers will know that a couple of weeks ago we packed our bags and headed north to the wet and windy Isle of Skye. We broke up the 11 hour drive with a stopover near Loch Lomond and found our way to (what felt like) the centre of the earth and a whiz back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed. Or there abouts. 

After a lot of "Googling" we found this place and pieced together a potential adventure.

Autumn in the woods.
Autumn in the woods.
Autumn trees.
Autumn in the woods.
Deep dark forest.
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Finnich Glen.
Finnich Glen in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Scotland.
Living wall.
Finnich Glen in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Scotland in the Autumn.
Finnich Glen in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Autumn in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Autumn in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Autumn in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Autumn in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Autumn in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Autumn in Scotland.
Finnich Glen in Autumn in Scotland.

The short of it is... Go there and see it for yourself. Words and pictures don't do it justice and they certainly don't communicate the slippery muddiness and general horror of the journey we made to get into the "glen" - which would be more appropriately described as a "ravine" and a soggy, wet and impending-doom-filled one at that. 

Anyway, here's what we did:

We parked in a layby near a bridge on the A809 (just south of the junction with the B834) and swapped our trainers for wellies. That bit was KEY. We crossed the road, climbed over a low stone wall, negotiated our way through the mud walked through the incredibly colourful woodland until we found a horrendously steep set of steps. It probably took us around 10-15 minutes to get to the bottom of them and we used the ropes that had been left to guide us. We got muddy, very very muddy. After a wade into the red waters and a thorough exploration as far as our wellies would allow we faced the steps back up again. Easier said than done but 100% worth the struggle. 

We'll be sharing our Scotland adventures over the next few weeks once we make sense of our photographs. Missing it already!

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