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Coigach Adventure

This was the last full day of my summer break in the Highlands. The forecast was good but I woke early to see thick, low mist on Loch Maree. So I did what anyone else would have done, I pulled up the quilt and nodded back off for an hour. The next time I woke and looked out, there was just a bit of brightness in the clouds which was reflected in the Loch. Slowly but surely the cloud started to lift and break and by breakfast time it was almost clear, just leaving just a few wisps of cloud on the distant hills on the far side of the Loch. This promised to be one hell of a day.

A hearty breakfast was eaten and photos of the Loch were taken and then I was heading north again on the Wester Ross Coastal Trail. I had travelled north on this road three times and each time the weather had left a lot to be desired. In fact one year I turned round at Ullapool! Three times I had driven on this road and never even seen the foot of Scotlands most dramatic mountain, An Teallach. Today I saw it from…

The Coastline of Wester Ross

As with yesterday's blog, there isn't much point in me going in to much detail of where I visited as very few people will have heard of any of the places (I hadn't). It was mainly a local day and a coastal day. This was due to the long drive I'd had the day before, it tired me out a bit. I don't think I strayed more than twenty miles from Gairloch the whole day but still managed to visit some amazing beaches.

First call was Opinon Beach, a sweeping bay of white untouched sand. Not a footmark to be seen, how come no one has discovered these places! Then to Red Point a few miles down the road with it's broad beach of reddish sand backed by dunes. I presume that is how it has got it's name. I then back tracked to Gairloch and followed the coast road North West to a place called Melvaig which had spectacular views across to Skye. The drive was quite airy and hairy at times as most of the journey was along clifftop roads with sheer drops down to the sea below.


A road trip to beat all road trips.

This really was a road trip to beat all road trips visiting the Cuillins of Skye, then over the Skye Bridge and on to the mainland before taking part of the Wester Ross Coastal Trail to Loch Maree, my home for three nights.

There isn't much point in me describing it in too much detail as the names and places will mean absolutely nothing to most people, I'll just let the photos do the talking for the most part.

A few highlights on the way though were the stunning views over Loch Carron as I climbed out of the Kyle of Lochalsh.

Then it was up the Beallach na Ba (The Pass of the Cattle) at 2,054 ft which must be the closest thing in Britain to an Alpine pass. There were plenty of laybys where you could pull over and admire the view if you wanted to - and believe me, I wanted to! From the summit (which is rather a disappointmant) I made a  more leisurely descent to Applecross where the landscape opened out to give fantastic views westwards to the Isle of Skye. Applecros…