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United Kingdom : Scotland

2.7 km (1.7 miles) NW of Backies, Highland, Scotland, UK
Approx. altitude: 123 m (403 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 58°S 176°E

Accuracy: 25 m (82 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: view north with added fly #3: view east towards the sea #4: view west #5: theGPS

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  58°N 4°W (visit #6)  

#1: view S - trees now almost covering monument

(visited by Christopher Anton)

06-Sep-2005 -- Having completed 57N3W in good time I drove onwards to my next overnight stay in Inverness. However, it being only 40 odd miles to Golspie and there still being 2 hours of daylight I had a quick change and carried on north up the A9 which is now quite a good, fast road.

I got to Golspie - a nice Highland town - at about 7.30pm and quickly got to the nearest spot to the confluence by road. Rather naughtily I parked in a large passing place near a bridge over a small stream which was conveniently just past the fenced-off land.

As soon as I got out of the car it became apparent that the midges were going to be a problem. As soon as I stepped into the heather then the flies joined in. I quickly made my way towards the confluence as the fly situation got worse. When I got close enough I had intended to take some quick photos and get out of there but disaster struck when I discovered the camera memory was full. I hurriedly deleted some photos and made the resolution smaller as more and more flies descended on me so much that it must have looked like some scene from an African famine.

I took the photos in about 10 secs with no messing about in finding all the zeroes. Pic 1 is the view South which shows the plantations and rate of growth can be compared with the previous visits. Pics 2-5 show the other cardinal points (the view N with added fly!) and GPS.

I got back to the car as fast as I could - this spot may look beautiful but I can honestly say that it was one of the most disgusting places I've ever visited and made me feel quite ill.


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#1: view S - trees now almost covering monument
#2: view north with added fly
#3: view east towards the sea
#4: view west
#5: theGPS
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