Trip Start May 29, 2013
Trip End Sep 30, 2013

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Ardmair Holiday Park
What I did
Corrieshalloch Gorge

Flag of United Kingdom  , Scotland,
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This morning we visit the Corriesahalloch Gorge. The 'Moine' rocks here were formed by sand and mud from an ancient ocean which used to separate Scotland from England over 950 million years ago. The layers of sediment were folded and heated to form rock and the two countries were bought together during a series of continental collisions 425 million years ago.

There are two paths to choose from so we start on walk two which is the gentler downward slope taking us out away from the gorge and then back up alongside the gorge. At the top, and in the distance we can see the classic U-shape valley created in the ice age and over the loch towards Ullapool. We drop down and turn back on ourselves to complete the gorge section. The gorge is deep below us and there are dire warnings not to stray from the path. It really is a long way down!

At the end of the path we meet the other steeper path from walk one. This takes us to the suspension bridge and a waterfall which is thundering down into the gorge below. Another path on the other side of the bridge takes us to a viewpoint. It's constructed of metal mesh - the kind that always turn my legs to jelly if I dare to look down. I do and it's a long way down.

We retrace our steps to the suspension bridge and then back up the steep (but shorter) zig zag path back up to the car park. Thank heavens for the conveniently placed benches at each bend of the path!

We head back to Ullapool to fill the car up. The diesel here is a staggering £1.50 per litre but it's kind of what we expected given that it's a long way to transport it and it's the only petrol station in town. They don't even bother to advertise their prices here as there is no choice. We've been warned to keep the car topped up now as there are very few (if any) fuel stations from here on in.

We return to the campsite for late lunch and a quiet afternoon. We need to catch up on a few chores. This morning the washing machine either failed to spin here or some mean person (to put it politely), took it out before it had finished its cycle - we can't decide which. All we know is that I returned to the laundry room to find my washing dripping on a table and someone else's washing was in the machine. I staggered back to the trailer with it where Ian and I wrung it out by hand creating a small pond in front of our tent. Fortunately the weather is still baking here and now we're back it's almost dry.

It's late afternoon and it has started to rain a little. Nothing much, but enough to make us pack away our outside chairs and paraphernalia. Not a bad thing as we are moving on tomorrow and we welcome its cooling effect.

This evening we take a wander down the beach to examine the stone architecture. It's pretty amazing and very creative. It seems such a pity that by morning some of it will be washed away.
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