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Outer Hebrides Trip Day 1 - 22:30 25/03/18 - Scotland


N 55.37763°, W 02.50358°

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=loc:55.37763%2C-02.50358

Long story short, given that Barra is a five hour sea journey from Oban it seems reasonable - even though we're not leaving the UK - to consider this an overseas truck trip.

We normally use a different blog for UK-based travel, or overseas travel in our smaller camper; or on bikes - so agonised for ages over whether to record this trip on this blog:  but then remembered nobody cares how or if we bother to record our travels at all.

And so, for what it's worth, we're at the coordinates shown on our way to the Outer Hebrides. It's an overnighting spot already known to us from domestic pootling and is pretty cool if given a second glance. There's clearly been a history of conifer aforestation hereabouts but amongst the pines and firs are some veteran deciduous trees stunted and almost bonsai-like. Lots are covered in mosses and lichens and could easily be the backdrop to a mystical other-wordly Hollywood blockbuster.

Good to see that there's some new sections of deciduous plantation going on with decent tracts of birch replacing felled conifers. The whole thing supports a good variety of garden birds; that wouldn't, of course, have become garden birds if we hadn't, err, chopped all the native forests down.

Lots of owl activity here, too.

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