Leaving Applecross we headed around the more accessible peninsula, passing the MoD buildings at Sand and the Rona noise range, but no submarines doing trials today.
Picking up the North Coast 500 route with a few others we headed down through Glen Torridon with it’s spectacular views and a known nesting site of Golden Eagles but again not a sight just a few buzzards on the thermals.
Following the shoreline of Loch Maree and into Gairloch for a spot of lunch looking over the golden sandy bay there, it would seem that every shop now sells NC500 t-shirts.
Next stop was Loch Ewe and the first time I’ve seen it from the shore as opposed to looking at the shore whilst visiting the NATO fuelling jetty. There’s a few memorials dotted around Poolewe as this was the setting off point for the WW2 Atlantic convoys and Russian convoys, it makes interesting reading as Loch Ewe was one of the most heavily defended places in the UK at the time with a heavy RN presence.
With the dark brooding mass that is An Teallach prominent for the rest of the drive along Little Loch Broom
One of those brown signs says “Falls” we stop to have a look and come across the Corrieshalloch Gorge, a deep gorge complete with a wobbly suspension bridge (stop bouncing!!) and a viewing platform, you can see from the lack of water flowing down the falls how little snow fall there has been this year.
Our destination can be seen as we descend into Ullapool, the sun’s out, the bikers are out and the Ice Cream shop is open and doing a roaring trade, just around the corner is Ardmair Point campsite and again we’ve got a waterside pitch looking out across Loch Canaird with only the Islands of Lewis and Harris blocking the path to Newfoundland.