Unfortunately, due a road closure, we have to travel up via Loch Ness again – still no monster!
Turned west from Urquhart Castle through a beautiful valley – many good farms and a lot of forestry – the most we have seen. Some tall Redwoods and quiet little river valleys. Quite a lot of cattle and some grain crops.
We eventually continue through the Scottish Highlands again – majestic barren mountains – until we get to Ullapool. Full of caravans and campers, tourists and, guess what, we played tourists and had an ice cream each.
From here we head north through the Cromalt Hills and onto the roads which are designated B grade single carriageway. These roads are single car width with a ‘passing’ spot every 100 metres or so. Very slow travelling – for around two hours – taxing driving and corners give a whole new meaning to surprises. Sometimes we can see the oncoming traffic and just wait – other times they just appear around corners and we both come to an abrupt halt and then one of us usually has to reverse to a passing spot.
Lots of crofters houses – some occupied, others empty and in ruins.
From Loch Inver right round to Eddrachillis Bay, up to North West Sutherland then to Durness, once again full of campers and caravans.
Then through the Kyle of Tongue heading east until at 8pm, after a long day of stunning barren wilderness we come into some surprisingly good farm land right through Crosskirk, Thurso to Castletown – our home for the night.
A long day but wouldn’t have it any other way – some sensational vistas and a lovely sunny day – certainly brings out the colours of the mountains and the sea.