Before I go any further I’d like to say that since this camping trip (back in 1995) I’d suggest to anyone thinking of “rough camping/wild camping” to check where you are allowed to set up your tent.  I’m not so sure we were allowed to camp where we did, close to Lochan Urr… (we were very well behaved and took all our litter home with us…)

Calm reflections on Lochan Urr

The River Etive apparently has quite the reputation for kayaking:

The River Etive is one of Scotland’s most popular and challenging white water kayaking runs. It provides a multitude of solid Grade 4(5) rapids with a variety of falls and pool drops.
(Source: Wikipedia)

River Etive with Buachaille Etive Mor in the background

We just went to camp; get out of the city (Edinburgh), calm the nerves (waiting for our final year marks and the grades that would determine our future employability) and enjoy what nature had to offer – on the cheap.

Camping atop a hillock

We weren’t disappointed.  This is a stunningly beautiful part of Scotland.

Glen Etive panorama

We were even lucky enough to see some deer up on the hills…

Deer on the hillside

Despite it being sometime in late June – early July, there were still patches of snow on the mountains, and the water was extremely invigorating.  Yes, we all took the plunge!

Down-stream and view to south-west of campsite - and location of "The Plunge"

Cleaning up these old negatives of mine have made me really want to go back and visit Glen Etive again.  Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long 🙂

Glen Etive panorama