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Highlands & Islands Road Trip Part 4

From Rhiconich we head south for 2 nights in Ullapool, a couple in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye and three at Glen Nevis near Fort William.

Beautiful scenery abounds and we stop to hike up Stac Pollaidh. A great little hike that gets you up to the ridge in a short time.

View across loch to Kylesku
View across loch to Kylesku
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Hiking Stac Pollaidh
Stac Pollaidh in the centre with Cul Beag to the right and Beinn an Eoin to the left
Stac Pollaidh in the centre with Cul Beag to the right and Beinn an Eoin to the left

 

After that pleasant leg stretcher we continue on to the beautiful town of Ullapool at the mouth of Loch Broom where we stayed at a wonderful little guesthouse, The Sheiling, which provided the best breakfasts by far of the whole trip – porridge, fruit, toast and a full cooked breakfast hit all the right spots and left me needing some trails to walk off the excellent food!

Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Setting sun over the Summer Isles and Ullapool
Setting sun over the Summer Isles and Ullapool

 

Ullapool has an excellent little museum that is housed in a Grade A1 listed church, built by Thomas Telford in the 1820s, it contains very interesting displays on the nature and history of the area, including video with a lot of information on the ship Hector which was a Dutch vessel that took 189 passengers to Nova Scotia in 1773 after the clearances left many highlanders homeless, hungry and without source of work.

Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Old lighthouse at Scoraig, now a museum with information boards on the history and life of Scoraig
Old lighthouse at Scoraig, now a museum with information boards on the history and life of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Hike out to isolated community of Scoraig
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Ullapool on the edge of Loch Broom
Hugely bright moon from window of guesthouse overlooking Loch Broom
Hugely bright moon from window of guesthouse overlooking Loch Broom

 

On the edge of Little Loch Broom is the isolated self-sufficient community of Scoraig, which is reached by 5 mile trail from Badrallach as the community has no direct road access.

 

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