Having had a damn good snooze and completely dried of all clothing, it was time to move on. I popped into Ullapool, but decided not to hang around much, so I was back on the road promptly. Until this point I was happily cruising up and down very quiet highland roads, so it was strange to all of a sudden have to share the tarmac with the big articulated beasts. It wasn’t to be for long though. The plan was to turn west a few miles ahead, and make my way into Wester Ross.

Day 4: Ardmair Bay - Guirnard Bay

Sequoiadendron Giganteum and my wee bike.

See what I did there!

OK, maybe I should stick to tarmac..


Looking back at Little Loch Broom, just after Badcaul.

Beinn Ghobhlach

This was the steepest hill I had to climb so far.. I had to stop 3 times, a decision this bear doesn’t make lightly! It is safe to assume I was a little out of breath at this particular point.

Sweat factor 9 - It’s all in the detail!

Awesome diversity of a Tranjia stove. God bless the Swedes.

Gruinard Bay

Dinner!

Guirnard Bay pitch.

Guirnard Island can be seen across the water. For years, it has been used for nuclear testing and has been off limits for any visitors. It is only after persistent campaigning by the locals in the 80s, that the island has been decontaminated, and now is considered safe for landing. I think I might pass this time.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gruinard_Island)

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Distance 44 miles / Elevation 1050 meters