Wednesday 20 June 2018 Stornoway (Isle of Lewis) – Ullapool

This is where we are heading over the next couple of days.

001 the next part of our journey

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.53 campsite on Loch Broom

 

3 comments

  1. Hiya,

    We’re very envious of you ……. Looks like you’re enjoying things.

    When you get back to Ullapool, the caravan park I told you about just to the north is Ardmair Point.

    On your trip further north it’s worth a trip to Altandhu and Achiltibuie opposite the summer isles. The campsite here is Port a Bhaigh with a great pub. Book for your evening meals.

    Achmelvich beach is good with a couple of caravan parks there.

    Going north “Scourie Bay” caravan park eat (and drink) at the Scourie Hotel

    Winding roads on the west coast above Scourie with other caravan parks, We haven’t been there because of difficulty towing.

    Further north on the north coast, it might be worth a trip to Skerray Bay where you can wild camp on the shore. You will pass a hotel after turning of the main road, it’s a couple of miles from the bay and is the only watering/eating place.

    Best regards

    Rob (Airstream – Trevalyn)

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  2. Hey Macca. Getting all your Macadventures which is great. Armadale is close to home. The aussie one is where dad grew up. Absolute shitty weather at the moment .Quite cold, which is good because I’m doing the efudix at the moment. Also I had a scc cut off my nose yesterday along with about 10 stitches. I really look a sight at the moment!! Got our teachers day on Friday at O’Malleys on the mall so that will get a few stares from the general public. I should have the whole of the back of the bus to myself. Glad Jo and you are having a good time. Stay safe. Hendo.

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