We spent the night in a beautiful B&B in Scourie. There is even a fish and chip van near the shops for a quick hot super but in the morning we needed to get a move on so taking the rhubarb muffins our B & B host gave us we set off for the days adventures.
The cloud was very low and dark grey but the scenery was amazing as we drove towards our first planned stop.
Ardvek castle ruins are at the end of Loch Assynt. The castle was built by the Macleod clan. Nearby is Calda House, a ruined mansion built by the Mackenzies. Both ruins are supposed to be haunted. The information board tells all about the eventful history of these buildings.
We spent lunchtime in Ullapool, a small town in Ross and Cromarty with a charming harbour and a ferry to Stornoway. There are small shops and cafes to get lunch and even an electric vehicle charging point if you need one.
Corrieshalloch Gorge is a mile long canyon formed by melt water from the end of the last ice age. It’s surrounded by woodland trails. There is a Victorian suspension bridge over the river Droma and a viewing platform to see the dramatic falls. This is a really lovely place to stretch you legs after time in the car.
Travelling on again we reached Little Gruinard beach. Yet another secluded sandy beach with crystal clear water. There are so many of these that you can’t choose a favourite but I’m not complaining!
Then on to Gairloch for the night. This time in a hotel for a change.