I have been living in Scotland for 30 years and this is the first time I’ve been up the west coast and into the highlands.
From my house in Dumfries the round trip was around 700 miles and took me two and a half days.
I finished work on Friday and headed north, making it to Loch Lomond around 7 p.m when it was dark. I quickly found a place to camp down for the night ready for a day’s riding in the morning. (You need to buy a permit online for £3 for Loch Lomond)
Saturday was my main day to explore, I had no plans other than I wanted to go over the Applecross pass at some point. I headed from Loch Lomond towards Applecross along the A82, heading through Glencoe and a stop for lunch in Fort William.
From here I headed two Glen Etive, which has the famous scene from the double 007 film. Also found some wire bridge which was pretty cool.
Then onwards to Applecross.
The Applecross pass was quite a slow road width a steep climb and quite a few idiot car drivers coming the other way thinking they were Colin McRae. It was a little disappointing if I must say so.
From Applecross I headed to Lake Torridon via the coast road where I met some coo’s.
As it was 5pm qnd my arse was destroyed from my terrible Tenere seat, I decided it was time to find a camping spot for the night, I headed down some quiet roads looking for a beach or a nice area to stop and eventually found a nice spot in the footsteps of Beinn Alligin where I set up camp.
Some beef supernoodles and cereal bards for dinner.
Waiting for the sun to set it was dead silent with no cars, animals, wind or noise at all. Perfect!
Sunday : Home Time
Sunday it was time to wake up and go home. a drive to Inverness and then headed south down the A9 to Edinburgh and then home. A good solid 8 hours riding.
- A82 is an amazing road
- Torridon is full of amazing roads
- Weather was amazing.
- Sunset was amazing
- No Midges
- Peace and quiet
- Applecross pass was not as exciting as I hoped
- Idiot car drivers coming the other way on single track roads
- No more time to explore more. (Until next time)
Scotland really is amazing, but can be a totally different story when it’s raining and cold!