I posted about this enchanted place last year, but couldn’t resist adding this more current one, when I learned of the impending Hydro-electric scheme, which has had the green light to go ahead here later this year.
Unlike last year, when the water meandered along through calm, toe-dipping rockpools, this river was a raging torrent. It had been raining for a few days and I suppose it should have come as no surprise, but I was disappointed that our water-loving Chesapeake Retriever had to be kept back from the edges – so frustrating for her!
This magical glen is in the middle of a designated National Scenic Area, only a few kilometers from the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve and the trees along the river are designated Ancient Woodland (pre-1750), remnants of the ancient Caledonian forest. They’re home to many rare and protected species.
I’m astonished that this scheme was allowed to go ahead!
On a day like this, it was easy to see how a Hydro scheme will produce power with the sheer force of this water (the photos don’t really do it justice) and yes, we do need to find new sources of renewable energy, but surely not in such a unique, pristine and magical environment.
Fingers are crossed that it won’t be too disruptive to the river valley, when the pipeline is buried alongside the river, from just above where we were, all the way to the lower reaches, before it enters Loch Maree.
I’ll be back again in a few months to have a look, without a doubt.
Back down at the road, heading to the car – a breathtaking view of Slioch as it rises above the ancient pines at Bridge of Grudie.