Ben Loyal Hotel
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Total mileage: 64
Actual cycling time: 6 hours
We headed out of Tain along the side of a loch until we reached the villages of Bonar Bridge and then Lairg. Looking at a map you would think both are towns but, as we've discovered, civilisation in Scotland is on a much smaller scale to the south of England and you must never assume there will be a corner shop or pub!
From there we ventured off into the wild across a vast expanse of Sutherland that ...
Today we rounded the North West tip of Scotland, called Cape Wrath. It's waters were well confused as befits a 'cape', where 2 bodies of water meet. Britain has 2 of them, this one and Cape Cornwall. On this occasion the accolade 'wrath' was, fortunately, not appropriate.
A 5:30 am start and an ebb tide saw Kantara being spat out of the Sound of Hoy, from where we motored south for a mile or so to see the Old Man of Hoy, a 450 foot high column of red sandstone that pokes out of the sea.
... we chatted up a couple of electrical contractors on site, who kindly gave us a reviving cup of coffee. At the same time the weather started to clear and we got a great view of the loch and the pass we would have to climb to reach Crask Inn. Better still, as we set off again, out on the water appeared a pair of Black Throated Divers. For the non-birdwatchers reading this, all you probably need to know is that there are only 200 breeding pairs in Britain. In other ...
... rain we were in high spirits, actually we were weirdly glad it was raining because it felt like that is what the weather should be like in Scotland. We reminisced about when we took our 100 mile (1 finger) photo in the scorching heat, somewhere way back south, it seemed a long time ago. Some of today and yesterday I have been able to pull Henry along, I'm glad of the chance to repay him for dragging me along kicking and screaming for our first 700 miles. We had lunch ...