Friday, 5 August 2011

Rathad nan Eilean.

The Road to the Isles leaves Glenfinnan,  passing through a series of narrow gorges until it reaches Loch Eilt. It then follows the River Ailort, through another gorge  which is towered over by Rois-bheinn and An Stac which are not far off being Munros. The shore of Loch Ailort is then skirted before the road rises past Our Lady of the Braes Roman Catholic Church at Polnish; this was made famous by the film Local Hero starring Burt Lancaster which is about an American oil company who sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery.

 
The road then drops down to a sea loch called Loch nan Uamh which is where
Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) landed on 5th August 1745. In 1746, after the battle of Culloden, he returned here as a fugitive with a price of £30,000 on his head. Loch nan Uamh means "The Loch of the Cave".






It is then a short drive along the newly upgraded A830T to Arisaig whish is set in it's own little ampitheatre and has stunning views across to Rhum, Eigg and Muck. It's beautiful sands and coves have such romantic place names as Keppoch, Portnaluchaig, Camas an Daraich (known as Camusdarach) and Morar.


 

This is also Local Hero country with many of the coastal scenes filed on these beaches.


 


 

It is also a fine place to view The Isle of Skye with it's impressive Cuillin Ridge. The fishing and ferry port of Mallaig is only a short drive from here and is where the Road to the Isles finishes.



This area is also renowned sunsets with the setting sun going down behind the Small Isles.






The sunset photographs were taken  Feb 2008.

A journey of two halves.

It was one of those all too frequent occasions when the weather forecast had a big wad of thick cloud and rain hanging over Cumbria whilst ...