All charged up with the nuclear residue, and a bit of green in my eyes, I was up and on my way. In the local shop I bought the last of their blueberry and raspberry supplies - the shop keeper lady watched in horror as swallowed the lot almost in one go. Boost of vitamins was surely going to get me through the first few hours of the day.

Day 5: Guirnard Bay - Torridon

Distance 44 miles / Elevation 830 meters

Looking onto Loch Maree, Beinn Airigh Charr on the left. (Shortly after Poolewe). Only in a few hours, after swinging across to the edge of the west coast, I will find myself at the opposite end of this loch. Did not realise it at the time!


Gairloch (Faint silhouettes of Lewis and Harris on the horizon).

One of the most delicious lunches of the journey at The Steading, Gairloch.

Very soon after, I reached the south end of Loch Maree, turned right after Kinlochewe and found myself in a cyclist’s paradise: - quiet single-track roads..

.. fantastic landscape .. (Bein Eighe on the right)

.. and rolling streams. (River Torridon)

As I arrived in Torridon, a postcard picture was there to mark the end of today’s travels.

Loch Torridon. Another lighting design lesson from nature. Unfair use of instruments I say.

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Today was a long day. The Torridon campsite was flooded. There were no showers that I could find. In other words I decided to pull the B&B card (the only one on this trip may I add!)


Tigh Loran B&B on Loch Torridon, at the foot of Liathatch, is run by a reserved, but a nice lady called Maureen Wrigglesworth! I don’t think that sweaty, dirty, tired cyclists are her guests of choice, but (as I later learned) she did her share of cycle touring, and looked after me just fine!


“No porrige. It’s cooked breakfast or nothing”. Well ok then! : )