14.09.2011 - 14.09.2011
Travel Day – wahoo! The car was loaded to the gunwales for just two of us on a 10 day trip to the mainland. But first we had to go way north to Tiumpan Head to drop Hugo at a kennels. The kennels are in old lighthouse buildings, very similar to the one we saw a few days earlier at the Butt of Lewis. Except this lighthouse is painted white and not so high. We saw Hugo safely into his cage. Sadly we couldn’t explain to him why he couldn’t join us (something to do with sometimes digging up carpets – Hugo that is, not humans).
Next we went to Stornoway for some final grocery shopping before boarding the ferry to Ullapool. The ferry left about 2pm and was a 2 hour 45 min trip across the strait known as the Minch. The ferry was very similar to our Cook Strait ferries, except a fraction smaller. We sniffed out the decks and different places you could go and settled ourselves in the viewing lounge up front where we had good views of the way ahead. Not that we could see much as it was cloudy. We did have a fun time spotting birds (mainly gannets and the odd shag) and perhaps disturbed the other passengers as they were so quiet. However, quite a few people got excited when we spotted a pod of dolphins – they leapt into the air right in front of us! How cool!
Ullapool was cute with its whitewashed houses lining the waterfront. We visited a bookshop and the fish and chip shop where we ordered a large helping of chips each. Yum! That safely inside us we could begin the 80km scenic drive to Poolewe where we are based for the next 10 days. There were trees on this drive! And waterfalls. Scotland seems to be comprised of two things – rock and water – and not much else.
We are staying in an old croft cottage which has two units. We have the one with steep stairs. (Yes – it IS steep!) It is called a 1 ½ story as the windows on the second story are in the roof. Downstairs there is a sitting room/kitchen and a bathroom. It is cosy and comfortable and I am happy as I am able to watch rugby world cup on the tv!!