Parking at the Beinn Alligin car park I made my way alongside the Abhainn Coire Mhic Nobuilthe river in search of waterfalls and the constantly changing light conditions.
A two hour wait in the rain was rewarded as the clouds cleared to reveal magical late evening light. The mountain rises almost vertically from a wilderness landscape of moorland, bogs and lochans known as Inverpolly.
I waited for the next round of rain to pass before making the short walk to view Ardvreck Castle. This ruin dates from the 16th century and stands on a rocky promontory jutting out into Loch Assynt. The light was once again on my side, especially when a rainbow decided to point to the pot of gold buried deep within the castle.
With just enough time for one final exploration I visited the Wailing Widow waterfalls, found on the Kylesku road just north of Loch Assynt.
All images copyrighted Graham Coates