June 14th 2015 Blog Post

Loch Broom, Scotland

This morning we commenced our tour in Ullapool, a port in the N.W. Highlands of Scotland.

Video clip of Ullapool Harbour

Weather was relatively cool ( about 10 C) but stayed dry and sunny throughout.

From Ullapool we drove north to Drumrunie and then embarked on a clockwise tour of Coigach and the region immediately north. This trip took most of the day and was mostly  undertaken on narrow, single-track roads on which sheep freely roamed. For about half of the tour we were close to the rugged coastline which allowed us to connect with fresh sea air, cliffs and beaches washed by the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Key features of this trip were:

  • Mountains, some of which had snow residue on the peaks.
  • Seascapes.
  • Small villages.
  • Flocks of sheep with lambs.
  • Red deer.
  • Highland Cows.
  • Areas populated by prickly gorse bushes with brilliant yellow flowers.
  • Sea lochs and inland lochs (lakes).
  • Birdlife.
  • Launch of a skiff, the Lily Rose, a small sea-going rowing boat made from a flatpack. This is part of a currently popular, community based coastal rowing initiative.
  • Rugged, peat covered moorland.
  • A small flock of rare, Hebridean Sheep with four horns.
  • A farmer working a flock of sheep with his collie dogs.
  • The impressive ruins of Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt. This structure dates from around 1490.

Ardvreck Castle, Scottish Highlands

Highland Scenery, N.W. Scotland

Farmer working sheep with collie dogs

Hebridean Sheep, Scottish Highlands

Beach Scene at Badentarbat Bay, Scotland

Tour group inspecting beach

Skiff Launch

Highland Cows

Highland Scenery, N.W. Scotland

Our principle stops were:

  • A tea room at Achiltibuie which afforded us good views of wild birds feeding and the coast.
  • Lochinver, where we had lunch in a pub.

We returned to Ullapool about 4.00pm.

Tomorrow, we transfer south-east to Strathpeffer.

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