Did my tour of the west coast last weekend. Absolutely everywhere is incredible, loved all the single track roads all the way from the Applecross Inn to Scourie to Durness, and also the smooth flowing roads along those stunning huge valleys.
Unfortunately the Applecross pass was completely fogged over, didnt see any of it... prob just as well because I was stuck behind a green vrs all the way, some people just don't know to allow people to overtake on passing places.
The weather was much better on the other side. I had some HUGE prawns at the Applecross Inn, I honestly had no idea such things existed, Jurassic sized monster prawns. It was easily best meal I had during the 4 day trip, probably all year even.
We accidentally stayed to witness the diy raft in fancy dress race, met a famous scottish painter who is a owner and fan of the lotus elise, then set off before sunset along the coastal road to our first nights destination at the Torridon Inn. At this time the views across to Skye were super dramatic, and the road, you just couldn't make it up!
The Torridon Inn was a nice room, stayed in #3 which is apparently the best one. We dint eat here because we were still full from the Applecross Inn... The midge were out in force and intent on eating my eyelids... my first experience of the pests, it was straight to bed.
Onwards to Lochinver along the road mentioned ealier as the prettiest in the UK. True.
The variety of scenery along the coastal roads is just stunning, at times it seems like you are in a Jurassic park set, other times you are in Lord Of the Rings.
Browsed Ullapool for a bit, went to the tiny market, had a light lunch, and set off toward lochinver, always following the most coastal route.
Got stuck behind some cows just before Lochinver...
Bit of advice, if some cows decide to go off road for a bit of grazing on the side, don't be tempted to pass them... We found ourselves in between the matriarch cow, and the bull and a few young calves. After a while the Matriarch clearly ordered all cows to stop dead (seriously it could not have been any clearer if it were in plain English) whilst she stood a few feet in front of us, and started calling for the cows left behind us to catch up, a little while longer she started mooing at us VERY angrily, because we were clearly the source of the problem. As she mooed her anus would project in and out like half a foot... At that point I nearly pooped myself, I really thought she was about to mount and trample my tiny elise, and us... panic starts to set in and slowly start reversing toward the calm bull... she takes a few steps toward us... the bull and calves pass us by calmly without touching us, and at last we were out of it. Deep breath... After a half hour and a lot of slow crawling and cramp in my left leg they finally went off to a field and was able to continue normally.
Slowly past Lochinver and onto Loch Assynt, where we were staying at Ruddyglow Park Country House, really spectacular location. Stayed in the Lodge. Unpacked our stuff and decided to go back towards Lochinver and follow the coast all the way up Stoer Lighthouse. Back down for dinner, got a takeaway chippy from Caberfeidh restaurant and had it by the water front... fantastic.
To Durness and back. Amazing as that valley opens up. Went to the obligatory Smoo cave (seen bigger better) but the beaches are stunning. Was planning to go back to Loch assynt via Tongue/Lairg/Assynt but didnt because my non-linear petrol gage/spirit level was claiming low on petrol, and a local in durness humorously laughed at me for asking where I might get some on a Sunday... He suggested Scourie 26M or Lairg 80m. Me being paranoid about being stuck in the middle of nowhere decided to go to scourie, but was not unhappy I did, because I got to follow very pretty coastal roads to Lochinver from the north. Those tiny little villages and twisty slow single tracks are stunning.
Seems no one else but me bleeps the horn on blind corners.
By elise buzzer broke down. Now sounds like a stifled fart.
Stoped at Achmelvich beach popped the pop up tent and chilled for a few hours. Surprisingly busy!
Eat at the pub again.
Back home quickest rout.
Dont go via Inverness and Loch Ness you cannae see nessie for the tree line and its trucks and caravans all the way to Ft William.
Weather is crap.
my B822 route into Glasgow is closed, big detour.
Notice I have acquired callouses in my thumbs.
Cant wait to do it again.
The valley leading up to Durness.
She looks dirty in a sexy sort of way.
View at Applecross Inn.
The Isles of Skye as seen from the coastal road from Applecross to Torridon.
Polarizing filter is essential for car photos. Need better wide angle lens.
Bulls, minutes before I passed them and the matriarch went mental on me. Was way too frightened to pick up the camera during the actual incident.
Stoer... Dang she looks good.
Such a poseur...