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Teams return from hike to Sandwood Bay

On the final descent from the cliffs onto Sandwood Bay

Gresham’s Prep School

Teams return from hike to Sandwood Bay

Wild weather along the west coast

Monday July 1st 2019

We were up early this morning for a 7am breakfast in preparation for our hike to Sandwood Bay. With strong winds keeping us out of the mountains we were expecting a blustery day.

A short vehicle transfer saw the pupils, teachers and their instructors dropped off in the small crofting settlement of Sheigra, the most northwesterly settlement on the mainland. One team went straight to the cliffs whilst the other followed the old peat collectors road before crossing to the cliffs.

Not many people come this way to access Sandwood Bay. It is a 7km route to reach the bay, much of it without any form of path, over rough terrain with a really remote feel but all the while with incredible ocean views. You could watch the squally showers approaching off the Atlantic before they reached the teams and then passed through onto the hillsides running up towards Cape Wrath.

Legend has it that the vikings hauled their longships onto the beach at Sandwood Bay as one of the first stopping points as they travelled south along the west coast.

We had packed lunches on the beach close to the giant skull of a whale and spent some time in the dunes before returning along the footpath that heads in land and back to the road. The teams made the road between 4pm and 4.30pm for their pick ups and we were back at the Adventure School in time for a swim before supper.

Rock climbing and sea kayaking is the plan for tomorrow with the teams heading out to survival island later in the day.

All are well and the team are on good form.