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Published: August 1st 2018
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
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
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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