This is where we are heading over the next couple of days.
The ferry trip this morning was uneventful as the wind has dropped off and the sea was calm. It took 2 ½ hours to cross The Minch, the body of water between Isle of Lewis and mainland Scotland where we docked at Ullapool. After driving off the ferry we headed for the Tourist Information Centre where we gathered some really useful information.
We decided to head south to Inverewe Garden and on the way, we stopped at Corrieshalloch Gorge. After covering ourselves in anti-midge spray we walked along the circular 2-kilometre track across a swaying suspension bridge with an astonishing view of rapids, a waterfall and a huge narrow gorge to a viewpoint that juts out over the gap. This viewing platform enables you to see the waterfall and gorge in all its glory, a spectacular sight especially with all the rain of late. Returning across the bridge we continued along the track which took us through trees and brooks. This area is spectacular and is a fantastic experience.
Taking the coastal drive on the A832 towards Gairloch the scenery is absolutely spectacular with golden sand beaches, crystal clear blue water and bays backed by mountains all the way along.
We arrived at Inverewe Gardens, on Loch Ewe and went on a free guided tour of the grounds with a very knowledgeable, passionate volunteer for 1 ¾ hours. It was a great way to see the spectacular exotic gardens which were created in 1862 and have flourished because the climate here is warmed by the Gulf Stream. This is a National Trust site which means, as we are members, entrance is free. Joining the National Trust and Historic Scotland is a great way to see sights for a nominal outlay and the places we have been to so far it has already paid for itself and more and we are only into our 9th week.
Tonight, we stayed on a layby just outside Ullapool on the A835 on Loch Broom. Another great campsite even though it rained all night.