Concert in a Coire

Concert in a Coire

Concert in a Coire
Trakke
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  • Overlooking the valley at the Cuillin Mountain Range, hikers are seen walking the trail and carrying equipment and kit for the concert
  • Four hikers carry a generator strapped to wood studs; on the Cuillin Mountain Range trail with snowy mountains in the background
  • A shot from above of people standing near a tent, preparing to hike down after a mountaintop concert on the Isle of Skye
  • A man looking out to sea on the Isle of Skye wearing a red Lecht Backpack.
  • Looking up into the misty crags of the Coire Lagan while descending
  • An aerial drone shot of the concert on Coire Lagan on Skye
  • Hikers wearing head torches gather for food in the Trakke yurt on the Cuillin Mountain Range on the Isle of Skye during a nighttime concert
  • A group of hikers gathering outside the Trakke yurt on the Cuillin Mountain Range on the Isle of Skye at night

A few weeks ago we got the call from John at Skye Adventure. He was planning to hold a concert on the Isle of Skye. Great, we thought. Sounds amazing. But wait – John wasn’t finished –  this isn’t just any old gig. The venue wouldn’t be a bar, a town hall or even a stadium. The setting for this concert would be the Cuillin Mountain Range. The Concert in a Coire.

That’s right. A gig on a mountain.

Well that sealed the deal. We were sold.

Fastforward to last weekend and the 5 hour drive up to Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye flew past as the landscape turned wilder and wilder. Equipped with the yurt and eager to lend a hand, we got stuck into preparations.

It took a 20 strong team of us to lug the 75kg generator up into the mountains. With that in place, we raced back down to the beach to erect the yurt. It would be serving as the mess tent – a meeting point for all the hungry hikers to feast after the show.

We joined the other spectators on the 2 hour hike up to the enchanting Coire Lagan. Everyone found a perch looking across the crystal clear waters of the lochan to await the performance. The performance itself was a collaboration between violinist George Smith, cellist Duncan Strachan and musician and sound engineer Sam Annand. Once they got started, it wasn’t long before we were all hypnotised by their sound. Snow fell and the beautiful orchestration was the perfect accompaniment to the vast and imposing mountains.

It was only on the hike back down to basecamp that the trance was broken. Warmed by the hearty stew served up at the yurt with local beer from the Cuillin Brewery, we reflected on the event. One we’ll be remembering for a long time to come.

Check out this video to get a glimpse of how magical it was.

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The Lecht Backpack is the ultimate everyday adventure pack. Whether you’re commuting through the city, covering ground by bike or chasing the powder in the backcountry, the zip closure ensures your gear stays in and the weather stays out. The 20 litre capacity is fitted with an internal laptop sleeve, zip pocket and ‘gask’ pocket array, so it’s easy to stay organised, while a zippered lid pocket and two external bottle pockets keep the essentials close at hand. Add a padded waistbelt and sternum strap for a super-secure fit, ideal for high-octane pursuits.