Today’s ride is lovely, with the route continuing over the north Scotland coastline until Tongue, continuing the official NC500 route, skirting Loch Eriboll the Klye of Durness, water, water everywhere, it’s relentlessly gorgeous scenery. When the sun is out, the inland corrie lakes are the deepest blue colour. After Tongue, the highland views are breathtaking.
Passing places, lots of these road signs today as much of today’s route is on single track, all tarmac, no issues there, but narrow. The road edges can be pot marked, so exercise common sense while riding. Beautiful blue cold-water lakes from the last ice age abound everywhere. Also, it is obvious how volcanic Scotland was in its creation countless millions of years ago.
Multiple single-track riding along the north Coast 500, not many trees though, due I think to savage cold winter winds, and of course the fact that it’s so rocky, just underneath the wild grasses and heathers, it’s all rock. This northwest part of the Scotland highlands is a geo Park. Volcanic activity from millions of years ago. The oldest exposed rocks in the World can be found in this area.
The route today is firstly along the A836 where you’ll be riding along plenty of watery areas, rivers with sparce lakes and plenty of shrubbery and wild, peat and moorland in a mountainous Moorish landscape. The smell of the ocean is a very common and I think a lovely experience over here. Lots of logging trucks, and again the ocean is brimming with wind turbines. The A835 takes you the last leg of the journey into the picturesque fishing town of Ullapool on Lock Broom where you will stay for the night. Approaching the town from uphill is very nice, with ocean and mountains framing this pretty backdrop.