Day 6 The North West 500


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August 1st 2018
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Tish on the viewing platform looking back along the gorge at the waterfall and suspension bridge.
After filling up with Diesel and raiding a bakery just outside Inverness, we commenced our journey on the North-West 500 which is a 500 mile road trip around the north-west cost of Scotland Which is one of the worlds best road trips. Our first stop was at Corrieshalloch Gorge which is a mile long deep box canyon featuring a Victorian Suspension Bridge designed be the Forth Road Bridge Engineer and a 100 ft waterfall. We walked along to the viewing platform to look back at the bridge and waterfall which really put the depth of canyon in perspective.

Our next port of call was also the port of call fro the cruise ship “Marina” which was anchored in Ullapool Harbour and services by a number of small tender’s. Ullapool was a quaint coastal village but was hosting a couple of thousand people from the cruise ship therefore it was a bustling little town during our visit. We then ambled along to our next stop at Knockan Crag which is geological sight of huge significance. It was there that two geologists in the 1800’s determined over a 14 year period that layers of very old rock which overlay newer rock could
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Waterfall near the Suspension Bridge at Corrieshalloch Gorge
have only occurred when two tectonic plates collided. We learned that Scotland was actually 4 separate land masses that originated from the continent that is now North America and that these 4 segments formed one land mass that collided with England near the South Pole. So England and Scotland have completely different geometry and that the Scottish Highlands are actually part of the Apliachian Mountain Range along the eastern part of North America.

We then travelled to Assynt and the site of Ardvreck Castle and Caldra House which has a checked past of massacre and murder between the clans in the 1700’s. But this site also has a chambered cairn (Underground burial chamber) which dates back more than 2,000 years so ancient people also inhabited this area most likely due to its beauty. We then continued our journey along the Nort-West 500 to Scourie where we saw our first Highland Cattle herd and then stopped for some cheese and wine on the banks iof Loch Inchard under the campervan awning as by this time the rain had set in for the day. We finished the days travelling on the banks of a tidal zone (Kyle of Dunress) at Sarsgram
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Victorian Suspension Bridge at Corrieshalloch Gorge designed by Forth Rail Bridge Engineer
near Dunress where we camped for the night ready to visit Dunress and Scoor Cave in the morning.


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View from the campervan while having lunch in Ullapool
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Tish has an eye on the cruise ship “Marina” in Ullapool Harbour
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The two geologists who in the 1800’s determined how older rock is located above newer rock - tectonic plate collisions
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View from up on the Crag
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View of the lakes below Knockan Crag
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Reflections of Knockan Crag
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Parked in the Main Street in Ullapool
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Andrew at Ardvreck Castle Assynt
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View from the Ardvreck Castle Tower towards Caldra House
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Vista view of the changing geology just before Scourie
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We stopped fro some wine and cheese overlooking Loch Inchard
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Andrew messing around in Ardvreck Castle
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Highland Cattle including calf as we entered Scourie
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Side view of the Ardvreck Castle tower
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Tish is blown away at the 2000 year history at Ardvreck Castle


2nd August 2018

Brr
It looks so dreigh. Wet, rainy, overcast etc but Andrew is dressed for summer ! Nice scenery tho. I've been to Ulapool and save seen the heiland coos but haven't been up as far as you two are. Wish the weather was kinder to you but then again that's Scotland ! Adelaide is supposed to be 22 today ! Say hi to uncle Charlie when you see him, he owes me an email ! Take care xx

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