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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool September 15th 2013

Once more I was lucky enough to be invited up to stay at my friend Maureen’s house up in ‘Wee Bonny Scotland’ for some late summer roaming in the gloaming, or rather some more Munro Bagging after I began the challenge last year. And for those who aren’t in the know, it isn’t some kind of parcelling up of Marilyn lookilikees but rather collecting peaks in Scotland which are over 3000ft high (here’s the geek bit: A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891). There are a grand total of 282 of these Munros and so I’ve got a few to go having bagged only ... read more
Scotch Pie
The view over Foyers
The falls of Foyers

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool April 10th 2012

We left early to make our way to the top of Scotland. Our first stop was officially Glennaffrick. But this happened after the unofficial stop where our tour guide Carol/Peggy decided driving away with the bus luggage door open was a bad idea and had to run back down the road to ensure we hadn't lost any luggage. So to ensure we all had as much morning exercise, she took us tomthe official spot of Glenaffrick where we climbed the mountain and saw an incredible view! It was a good way to wake up after a long night and we all felt better after a walk (or most of us did). One clan member may have had a little too much alcohol and was pretty seedy... (it wasn't me) but still managed to clamber up. Bonus ... read more
View from the top
Morning Walk
Whisky in your whiskers?

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool September 13th 2011

We slept well in our cosy room, with no wind or rain that we were aware of, then it was up and away on the adventure of going west across the top of Scotland before turning south to Ullapool. It’s fair to say the morning was not dry or sunny but we had hopes of improvement through the day. As we drove, the land changed from farmland to wild moor and mountain land with breathtaking landform and colours. In places the brilliant purple heather was still in full flower, while the green bracken was turning to yellow, orange and brown, making for a rich effect a little like crushed velvet spread across the land. Our cameras were in constant use and we stopped countless times in the little passing places on the narrow road in order ... read more
Durness beach
The quiet life

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool October 14th 2010

Today's challenge... get back before dinner.... We're going to explore some of the western highlands and sea coast. Notrh to Inverness and then point towards the sea...... whoops there's a distillery over there.... Good news - bad news. Bad news first... the distillery is doing a complete overhaul so there is no tour thru the plant. The good news... the tourist center is still open and we get to do tastings!!!! Tried the Singelton 12 yr old..... lordy is that stuff smooth. 2 years ago they started to finish the curing by putting it into bourbon and sherry barrels. OK now that we are all liqoured up, back into the car... We are now convinced that all road engineers in the UK are permanently drunk. Hills, winding roads, 3 lanes 2 lanes, no lanes, dips, cattle ... read more

Geo: 57.8996, -5.1577Ullapool, ScotlandWe stopped about 11:45 to do a photo op of the old Oykel Bridge while standing on the new Oykel Bridge that goes over the Oykel River. One could not tell which bridge was the old one or new by their appearance, but it was nice to get off the bus for the lovely site. I am having a bad day dealing with the bus. I seem to notice the smells (mostly heavy doses of perfume and hand creams from the older women) and the cramp confines of the other people. We got into Ullapool about 12:45 made our lunch stop in a nice town by water. Usually on these stops I have allowed the older folks to be first to the restrooms and restaurants even though I am then rushed to eat ... read more
Lairg to Oykel Bridge
Oykel Bridge and River
Oykel Bridge and River

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool August 4th 2009

Ullapool to Perth it has been a while since I last wrote anything...busy at work with a new job, etc etc, blah blah blah - you don't care, you just want to find out the excitement of our adventures! While 'adventure' may not exactly be how you describe our trips, it was still fun to look at so, so many waterfalls, mountains, sheep, ferns, castles and rocks. One trouble we found while dondering around Scotland, was the lack of post boxes. We came across this lack of said items on our way from Ullapool to Perth - Mum had a letter/postcard to send home to Dad and no where to post it from. Luckily, we found while driving along - the bright red does help to spot them - and it also gave us an ... read more
Not much between us and death
Our picnic at the beach

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool July 15th 2009

Wednesday 15th July The coastal and highland circuit After the big day out yesterday we thought a short drive today would be enough for us.So we opted for a circuit that took in the coast and also the inland highlands. With lesser distance to travel we didn’t need to be away so early and we could be more leisurely about breakfast and even allow ourselves to indulge in a bit of junk TV in the guise of The Jeremy Kyle Show!! So after Jeremy had sorted out two lots of couples with relationship problems we hit the road back out of town down Loch Broom.With only one road in and out of town we had to go back over the road we had travelled when we arrived.This is against our principles of not repeating roads we ... read more
Corrieshalloch Gorge
Little Loch Broom
Loch Maree and the road up from the loch

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool July 13th 2009

Monday 13th July Wagons Ullapool Of all the Scottish names of towns we have come across we cannot figure out how the name of Ullapool might have originated as it sounds rather unScottishlike. However that was where we are heading for today on the Scottish West coast. With no cooked breakfast included in our low overnight rate(we had found out that the rate for this hotel was usually GBP110!!!what a bargain we got at GBP39)we dined in on yogurt and toast. First stop and attraction for today was the large and very impressive fort built by the British a year after they defeated the Scots of Bonnie Prince Charlie at nearby Culledon Moor in 1746. Fort George was built on the coast on land that juts out into the Firth of Moray,the wide bay/inlet that ... read more
Culloden Moor
Loch Broom from Ullapool
Enjoying a beer beside Loch Broom

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool April 7th 2009

Vandaag zijn we opgestaan zonder enige planning, dus ook zonder veel verwachtingen. Het idee om naar Ullapool te trekken wordt al rap afgeschoten vanwege 'te ver', 'te laat' (het is zowat 11:00 am). We trekken dan richting Shin Falls, een watervallencomplex waarvan we gehoord hebben dat je er op het juiste moment de zalm stroomopwaarts ziet springen en (niet minder belangrijk) er zou ook een mooi speelpleintje voor de kinderen zijn. Zo gezegd zo gedaan. Eens ter hoogt van de 'Bonar bridge' komen de wauw-uitlatingen weer naar boven vanwege het toenemende highland gehalte. Een klein opwarmertje zal blijken. Bij de Shin Falls aangekomen is het het speelpleintje dat in de ogen van de kinderen springt en niet de zalm in de watervallen. Het ene bord geeft aan dat dit vanaf juni tot september is, het andere ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Ullapool August 28th 2007

Finally got my run in this morning, I ran down the hill into town, then north to the turnoff for the Ben Nevis trailhead. In case you're uninitiated, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the UK (just over 4300 feet - doesn't sound too bad until you realize that you start from sea level!). There, running along a single track road with Ben Nevis off to my left. It was going great until I realized: #1 that I really needed a bathroom, and #2 that the trailhead, my halfway point, didn't have one. So I utilized my survival skills gained from many years in cross-country, and I will spare you the details thereof. We began our drive north. One realizes when driving in Scotland that you do not get anywhere quickly - this is, of ... read more
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Scottish Wilderness

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