OUR TOURING HOLIDAY of Scotland continues and, thankfully, wifi access in the hotel we are currently staying at on the shores of Loch Maree, seems to be behaving itself tonight so I am able to let you all know what we did today.
Actually, we didn't travel very far - only about 40 miles today as opposed to the 110 or so we did yesterday but those 40 miles were some of the most scenic we have travelled so far!
The photo here is of the village of Gairloch which is a lovely little place at the head of the loch of the same name. The loch is a sea loch and the village of Gairloch is the base for several small boats which specialise in whale and dolphin-watching tours down the loch and further out towards the inner hebrides.
The west coast of Scotland is an excellent place to observe various species of whale and other marine mammals along with many types of seabird which are true ocean wanderers and not seen inland at all. Unfortunately we couldn't take any of these 'sea safaris' because it was too windy once the boats had left the shelter of the loch and all the trips had been cancelled until the conditions were more conducive.
However, at the pier head we did spot this information board which catalogued the species which had been spotted on previous safaris. It makes interesting reading and made us doubly disappointed at missing out on what would have been a great experience:
We spent some time in Gairloch exploring this once-busy fishing port which has a very interesting museum of local life going back over 150 years before taking a long and winding single-track road to a remote lighthouse right at the end of the peninsula. This road is a dead-end but the round-trip was well worth it for the spectacular views. This photo is of the lighthouse and attached keeper's house:
This was a surprisingly busy area with lots of cars using what is in places a very narrow and twisty road but there are plenty of passing places and it wasn't really a problem. On our way back to our hotel I took the photo below. It is of a mountain named Sloich (the spear) which is on the opposite side of Loch Maree from our hotel but not visible from it:
Tomorrow we will be taking a long drive into the peninsula of Applecross along what is reckoned to be one of the '10 most scenic drives in the world'. Can't wait to tell you all about it!
Image Credit » Kasman