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For Motorbike, Car, Bicycle, or Walk, about 60 miles through the small communities and villages along the way,
Take the A838 from Achlyness to through the county of Sutherland bordering Caithness to the east and Ross-shire, to the south this is one of the most sparsely populated areas of mainland Britain, with Atlantic to the north and west, it has some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of Europe, especially on its western fringe where the mountains meet the sea, with high sea cliffs, and ancient mountains composed of Precambrian and Cambrian rocks, then into the county of Ross and Cromarty a most beautiful, inspiring and truly stunning region of ancient landscapes, beautiful scenery, to explore and discover at your own pace
This region has giant lonely lochs, vast glacial Glens monolithic mountains such as Suilven and Stac Pollaidh dominating the landscape giving you the feeling you are the only person left on the planet with such areas to the observer of a moon scape landscape with the weather changing at every turn even in the summer months from one movement the sky will darken and become cloudy and possibly wet and next out comes the sunshine, as you travel around you will find rubble remains of abandoned croft houses serve as a severe, terrible and traumatic period of the notorious Highland Clearances, in which landowners evicted crofters from their homes and even whole communities by force to make way for sheep,
Today the region is settled making this a great tourist destination to explore the vast history, community, food and drink both from the land and sea, a magical area for you to enjoy the beautiful scenery, historic buildings and some of the loveliest beaches in Britain.
- From Achlyness
Continue on through the small communities and villages to Laxford bridge onto the A894 to Scourie, a small crofting village on the north west coast about halfway between Ullapool and Durness, there are a range of attractive cottages and crofts sheltering at the foot of the surrounding hills, dominated by the peaks of Foinaven, Arkle, Ben Stack, Quinag, Suilven, Canisp & Ben More Assynt, once a Clan Mackay stronghold, it lies at the centre of the parish of Eddrachilles in North West Sutherland, and provides an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, an area famous for its remote rugged beauty, unspoilt by modern development,
The name comes from the Gaelic word Sheiling or shed, a stone-built place of shelter used during the summer months, Scourie itself is a intensely rocky landscape that makes up so much of this part of north west county of Sutherland, with a rocky bay stretching north west towards handa Island
Today most of Scourie lies on the old road that emerges opposite the Scourie Hotel, now bypassed by the A894,
- From Scourie
Continue on the A894 past Badcall bay, comprising of two remote hamlets, called Lower Badcall and Upper Badcall.
Upper Badcall, a crofting township, is a larger of the two and is situated on the western shore of Badcall Bay.
Lower Badcall is located less than 1 mile to the east on the eastern shore of Badcall Bay, this is a tranquil, breathtaking remote & unspoilt location with some of the most dramatic scenery ideal out door pursuits such as walking, fishing, kayaking, climbing hillwalking and unspoilt beaches within just a short drive away you will be spoilt for choice, offering excellent opportunities for photographers, here you will find a remote pass at Bealach na h-Uidhe before descending to pass below Britain's highest waterfall and a tough pathless section to reach Glencoul bothy, a rough path climbs the shoulder to Loch Glendhu with spectacular views, good walking shoes are recommended.
From here carry on the A894 past Eddrachilles Bay to Kylestrom 2 miles south of Scourie or 40 miles north of Ullapool.
Kylestrom is a village on the north shore of Loch a' Chàirn Bhàin, two miles north west of Unapool, over the Kylesku Bridge, over Loch Glendu to the village of Kylesky and onto Unapool,85 miles by road from Inverness, the is the perfect base for exploring, walking, cycling, fishing, boating and an Ideal region for nature lovers, you can easily spot seals, otters and seabirds.
Here you will find the Wailing Widow Falls, a massive falls on the burn that runs out of Loch Gainmhich, are seriously impressive especially when there is a good flow of water, follow the sign from the A894 about half way between Loch Assynt and the Kylesku Bridge follow a rough track from a small parking space beside the road.
- From Unapool
Take the A894, take your time at this point Just go slow and appreciate some of the best landscapes you may ever see.
Through Newton past loch Assynt to the Skiag bridge junction and take the A837 south west bound to Inchnadamph the through Stronchrubie, continue on past Loch Awe, this rural community that stretches from Bridge of Orchy in the north, through Dalmally, Loch awe, Cladich, Ardbrecknish, Portsonachan and on to Eredine in the south and includes the longest freshwater loch in Scotland Loch Awe,at 26 miles long, this is very popular for fishing, at the northern end of Loch Awe is the ruins of the very picturesque, Kilchurn Castle, a 15th and 17th century ruin was the ancestral home of the Campbell's of Glen Orchy, to drive the road around Loch Awe takes about 3 hours depending on the time you take and enjoy the views, the roads are mostly single track, narrow and occasionally in poor repair, observe the country driving code and allow cars to overtake by using the many lay-bys
- From Loch Awe
Continue on the A837 to Ledmore to the Elphine junction take the A835 North East, over the Ledbeg river to Drumrunie and over the river Runie,
From here you carry on the A837 to Ardmair and Rhue a small settlement north of Ullapool in Ross and Cromarty, here you will find a pebbly beach on Loch Broom, you follow a path that crosses a small stream and undulates towards a lighthouse visible against the sea behind, from here you get a good views looking up Loch Broom towards Ullapool or seawards towards the Summer Isles.
- The finish is Ullapool a major tourist destination for the town and the ferry to Stornoway on the Island of Lewis.
Caledonian MacBrayne, usually shortened to CalMac, is the major operator of passenger and vehicle ferries, and ferry services, between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands on Scotland's west coast.
Everyone has their very own favourite part of the Scottish Highlands and they are all just simply stunning, offering miles of spectacular remote scenery and wonderful roads, loops around the top of Scotland, where people are heavily outnumbered by sheep,
Taking this route can be fantastic but do your research before you go, and check the availability of the accommodation as in the summer this region as in all the Scottish Highland tourist routes every thing gets booked up and in the Autumn to winter months the day light fades starting about two o'clock and there are no street lights to guide you.