Scotland (again) backwards Day 1
Its time I went to Scotland again, mainly because two sections of the Scottish 500 remain out of my grasp.
I say backwards in the title, as the previous trips to Scotland all seemed to drive the route anti-clockwise, and this time I wanted to view it from a clockwise perspective.
So setting off at Midnight I drove through the night, stopping for breakfast in Tydrum again (nice cafe). After a good coffee and fry-up (why not) one sped onwards across Rannock Moor / Glencoe and up to Fort William. Breakfast was very welcome as the fire was hot and outside was snow and ice.
Glencoe in the early morning light, very cold and icy.
I hit my first fuel stop at Fort William 421 miles and only £39. Canna be bad. Sun beaming sky clear but still -4.
Onwards to Gairloch on the Wester Ross coastal route heading north and lunch. I had driven the famous Applecross road, and i can see what the hype is about. I was early on the road in midweek so it was empty, all of three cars in total on the whole road. I had heard of horror traffic jams in summer where endless VW campers were backed up for miles to find wilderness! From there it was onwards North past Lock Ewe and eventually Ullapool for my evening stop (650 miles on day one).
Bealach-na-ba from lower altitudes, the road gets up to just over 2000 foot.