Sincere thanks to all staff at Glencoe and our own staff from school who looked after the children and gave them such a rewarding residential learning visit. P6: hope you're looking forward to next year! A final farewell to Glencoe from the P7s..isn't the photo stunning?
Did you notice the comment about Kintail yesterday?! Keen mountaineers will have seen the mistake!
Day 3 (Wednesday) was a fine day with plenty of sunshine and no rain. Group one spent the morning doing archery and made great progress with several children hitting gold ( the centre of the target) and winning themselves prizes. This group spent the afternoon on Loch Leven. They were asked if it was a sea water or fresh water loch and Finlay replied it tasted salty when he jumped in yesterday so it must be open to the sea. Correct answer.
Group 2 spent the morning mountain biking and the afternoon orienteering and group 3 walked up to the List Valley in the morning and went mountain biking in the afternoon but there were reports of some quite tired legs.
Group 4 were climbing and abseiling in the morning and canoeing in the afternoon but as I looked across from the safety boat there seemed to be as much swimming going on as canoeing.
There was a special treat for the children in the evening as Gordon, a friend of the centre who is keen on juggling and circus skills came and let the children try their hands at walking on stilts, juggling, spinning plates and a variety of other activities. It was great fun and left everyone pretty much exhausted at the end of a long busy day.
Day 4 has dawned brightly despite a poor forecast earlier in the week.
No accidents or incidents and the weather was much better than forecast with next to no rain. The midges were bad even by west coast standards but everyone has been remarkably resilient. Midge nets have helped.
One group walked up to the Lost Valley which sits between two of the Three Sisters of Kintail. There was a good amount of scrambling through boulder fields during which the children wore helmets. There were great views both into the secret valley, where stolen cattle used to be hidden, and then back down the mountain and across the valley. Other groups went rock climbing and Miss Holmes put her fears behind her and made a good ascent. Miller and Katie were rock stars and made it all the way to the top and Innes very nearly made it the full way up. A further group spent the afternoon learning orienteering skills. This was superbly taught going from locating pictures of smiley faces located around the main centre building to working around the centre's beautiful grounds finding the punch cards in true orienteering style to then drawing a map from objects placed on a table then finally using map and compass on a bigger setting around the Glencoe Lochan.
Another group went on the Loch on the longboat taking a trip across to a small island but then unfortunately the boat got stuck and the group had to be piggy backed through knee deep water by their very obliging leader called Andy. He's well over 6 feet tall. The weather forecast for Wednesday is very good but heavy rain arrives on Thursday.