21.09.2011 - 21.09.2011
When the day dawned cloudy, windy and wet yet again we decided on a road trip north as a way to get out and explore the countryside. We began by retracing our steps to Ullapool but on the way we stopped a few times to admire views and discover wildlife. The first stop was only a few minutes from Poolewe as the road wound along the coast. We stopped initially to take photos of the view but we spotted something in the water that captured our attention while other tourists came and went. Even with binoculars we couldn't tell whether it was a seal's head or a shark's fin or maybe something else altogether, so that animal escapes my list of wildlife spotted.
A bit further along we stopped to take piccies of the swollen rivers. It's rained so much that the rivers are flowing even more fiercely than they were a few days earlier when we first arrived on the mainland. We spotted a nice channel in the river by the road we wanted to investigate and as we got out of the car I remarked that it smelt like goat. As we returned to the car from taking piccies of the waterfall we saw them - a small herd of wild goats lazily crossing the road.
We drove on retracing our steps to Ullapool but this time skirting the edge of the town and continuing north. We turned off the main road and headed west through beautiful scenery until we came to the small village of Loch Inver. We had a late lunch here at a place that specialised in pies. We went with the flow and ordered pies - venison for me. As we waited I saw that they post their pies all over the UK. What i thought was a viking helmet was in fact, a pie with wings!
After our late lunch we continued our journey north, in and out of little coastal places. It was getting late now and a little dark so instead of having lots of photo stops we simply enjoyed the journey. All the places we had earmarked for stopping at on our way back, we just passed by but as we drew closer to Poolewe both of us spotted a barn owl as it flew across the road. How cool! And what a great way to cap off a great drive.