Scotland, the west coast and highlands, Dunnet head

Scotland’s camping and trespass laws and different to the UK’s, so I could legally “free camp” now I was in the “North”.

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This was in the northern end of “Highlands of the lowlands”, the Galloway forest park.

This is on the road through the park.

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I wanted to avoid the urban congregation of Glasgow and Edinburgh, so came up with a plan to catch the ferry from Wemyss bay over to the island of Bute, then the short ferry back to the mainland from the north of the island of Bute.

On the first ferry.

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Then the short haul norther ferry.

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It was then the back roads towards Inveraray, this reminds me of Tasmania, down south of Dover.

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On the way to Inveraray.

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I was passed by a V11, and caught up at Inveraray with the owner, who gave me the good oil on where to go next.

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The road up to Glencoe was the word, with the hotel just past the pass, the Kings House being suggested as the place for the night.

The weather was on the turn, and the Kings House was booked out.

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I was in Fort William before I found a B and B with a room.

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The path for the day was to head for Mallaig and the ferry path to the Isle of Skye.

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The weather had definitely turned for the worst.

The ferry to Ardvasar.

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The intention had been to tour around Skye, but as I had so much problem finding accommodation that I decided to find this first, then do the tour, Kyle of Lochalsh was full, and as I ventured further away from Skye, the only vacancy signs where those where the owners hadn’t changed then to read No Vacancy, so I decided to go straight to the next recommended site, the drovers pass from Tornapress to Applecross.

A stop to fuel up (petrol can be hard to find at time, causing some ancouse moments as the Mille neared the far end of its fuel range) and a lunch of local herring at a Cafe in Lochcarron.

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Then over the hill to the start of the Applecross road.

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At the summit a helping had was given to include myself in the photos for once.

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The GoPro misbehaved and the Video of climbing the pass wasn’t to be.

The weather hadn’t improved, and the single lane road made for a slow progress, so when an available B and B at Shieldaig was seen, it didn’t take much convincing to stop for the evening.

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There is a great bog hill (mountain) behind the house in the first picture, covered by low cloud in the morning.

The weather was off and on as I made my way to the most northerly point in the UK, not John o groats, a tourist trap, but Dunnet head.

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My back tyre was decidedly past its use by date, I had organized a replacement from a motorcycle shop in Inverness, Mitchells, but the age and tyre size on the Guzzi caused some confusion, “a 120/80 18 rear tyre please” “thats a front size” ” no, it is an old Guzzi, definitely a rear” “????????”.

So it was a careful trip down the A9 to Inverness, in the wet.

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Found something to distract me along the way.

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Definitely due a change.

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Better now.

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~ by andygadget on June 23, 2013.

3 Responses to “Scotland, the west coast and highlands, Dunnet head”

  1. excellent,good to see youve stocked up on malt,bit extravagant putting on a new tyre tho!M

  2. these people don’t like trees…

  3. Would you by any chance be passing through my father’s home town of Aberdeen? Rose St I believe he lived in.

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