PART FIVE SCOTTISH NORTH COAST 500 (VIA THE ORKNEY ISLES AND SKYE)

DAY 9 ISLE OF SKYE (LOCH SLAPPIN) TO ARDTOE (MAINLAND) via the ferry at Armadale 2 hour 45mins and 72 miles this is the time and distance travelled if it was a straight through time and not waiting for the ferry and this is does not account for stopping off in places on the way to look.

Today we are making our way down to catch the ferry at Armadale to Mallaig then on to Ardtoe where my Brother and his Wife live.

Again a beautiful day, the crossing over to Mallaig started smooth but then became a little choppy to the end all adds to the fun.  Mallaig is a pretty very busy port and unfortunatly was a bit of a pain to park near to with a large Motor Home, we park quite away out of the town looking over the port and had some dinner.  Time to set off to Ardtoe the journey is very scenic with single track roads and winding in places.  Ardtoe is a small comunity with a sprinkling of Houses where my Brother lives, the best part is he is only yards away from 2 small  bays with lovely beaches.

Parking for the night was at the end of the road, near the fisheries entrance, where an honesty box was asking for £5.0 for the night

 

DAY 10 ARDTOE TO LATTERSHAW (LEADHILLS) via the ferry at Corran down to Lattershaw (Leadhills) 4 hour 8 mins and 172 miles this is the time and distance travelled if it was a straight through time and not waiting for the ferry and this is does not account for stopping off in places on the way to look.

Homeward bound with the last stop of the journey to a little Cl site at Lettershaw near Leadhills to break the long journey home. The  picturesque journey from Ardtoe on some single track roads which are all really nicely mantaned took us through  Acharacle,  Ardery, Strotian, Inversanda and up to Corran where we caught a little car ferry over to the bottom of Fort William.  We travelled on through Glen Coe and stopped for dinner looking over the mountain range after dinner,  Carrying  on through Bridge of Orchy on towards Loch Lomond and round Glasgow and on to Lattershaw for the night.

The next day was the end of our holiday

We thoroughly enjoyed the journey with all the Spectacular sights

We will do it again but at a lot slower pace taking more time to explore and enjoy the peace and quiet offered by the North Coast of Scotland

by Suzanne Karran