2011 – Scotland, Highland
and Isle

This trip, the Scottish Highlands and some islands, the Isle of Sky and the Isle of Harris & Lewis are still one of the ones I enjoy most.

The Scottish Highlands are so incredibly beautiful and I also like their food, pubs and atmosphere in the countryside.

I started in Edingburgh and crossed Scotland up to Mallaig. From here I took the ferry over to the Isle of Sky.

In Broadford I stayed for three nights at a cozy B & B and did some excursions, including Elgol and Loch Coruisk

Then I cycle up to Uig on the north west side of the Isle of Sky for a new ferry over to Tarbert on Isle of Harris and Lewis.

From Stornoway another ferry back to mainland and Ullapool. Here I stayed for two nights. Ullapool has been stuck in my memory forever.

I then went north after roads and surroundings that were so beautiful that I could not find words to describe them.
The goal is the northernmost point on the Scottish mainland, the lighthouse of Cape Wrath

Then I turn south and via Inverness and the SEA MONSTER ”NESSIE” back through GlenCoe village and Glen Coe valley, one of the most beautiful valleys I cycled through to Edinburgh where I stayed for three nights before the flight took me back to Sweden

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Banner o Scotland is also known as St Andrew’s Cross or the Saltire

I LOVE SCOTLAND

Arond Scotland and Highlands 2011

One night in Edinburgh and my Scotland tour start

The Forth Bridge is a cantilever railway bridge across the Firth of Forth esturary about 15 kilometres west of Edinburgh City Centre.

Forth Bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015.

They could build beautiful constructions in the old times

To days climbing is over

Lots of small ascents

Sunset at Loch Achray northwest Aberfoyle was an magical and beautiful evening

Oban harbor and entrance

Oban and view from McCaig’s Tower.

Oban and view from McCaig’s Tower.

From Oban I took a ferry to Craignure. The 10 km cycling to Fishnish for next ferry over the Sound of Mull to Lochaline

The British islands are known for its rain and this day drizzle all day long

Kinloid cottage 

After about 110 km, mostly drizzle, I arrived at Mallaig. From here I took the ferry over to Isle of Sky and Armadale

ISLE OF SKY, ELGOL & LOCH CORUISK

I came to Broadford early evning, around seven o´clock and all the boats lay on the side because of ebb

Broadford bay late evning from my B&B window

Road to Elgol

One of many unforgettably beautiful roads

From the harbor in Elgol there are daily small boats crossing to Loch Coruisk. The boat trip took just over an hour

Loch Coruisk is an inland fresh-water loch, lying at the foot of the Black Cuillin in the Isle of Skye, close to Elgol and Broadford.

Loch Coruisk is from the scottish folklore the home of a water horse or water kelpie.

Even though I was looking I did not see anyone … hmm!!! I wonder why!

The closest I came a water horse was when I searched for it on the Internet and … Maybe it was just as well!!

Mirrored water and Black Cullin in the background

Admiring the scenery over shores of Loch Scavaig

Sailboat and calm water

Foxglove or Digitalis – referred to as a medicinal plant

In the area around the Strathaird peninsula there are plenty of seals

The only traffic after this roadsection was cows

After Loch Coruisk visit i decided to take another route back to Braodford and my B&B

Mountains, heaths and a landscape you never will forgotten and the weather was also perfect

Have nothing to complain about this breakfast view (:-) from my B&B, ROSEHAUGH

The B&B dog

He was very friendly and social

Thistel is the National flower of Scotland

Ullapool harbor entrance

Ullapool harbor

From Ullapool it was really steep, but nice view down

Kylesku bridge north from Ullapool that crosses the Loch a’ Chàirn Bhàin in Sutherland.

Cycling over this bridge, lukewarm, sunshine, no headwinds and the view over the bay cannot be described, BREATHTAKING

Very nice ride through the valley before Keoldale

To get to the Cape of Wrath, you have to go with this ferry over Kyle of Durnes

Road to Cape of Wrath was a narrow road

Cape of Wrath lighthouse, Scottish mainland’s northernmost point

I´m on my way south from Kyle of Durness bay  and this road to Alltnacaillich was divine beautiful and very little traffic.
In the background Ben hope , the most northerly Munro

The roads up here in Scotland can sometimes be blocked by sheep

Inverness view from the castle

From Inverness i took a boattrip on Loch Ness, because I´ve heard about the seamonster ”Nessie”

but just like in Loch Coruisk, I did not see the beast but I saw the castle of Urquhart Castle instead

In Inverness I ate Haggis for first time, it is a very, very delicious pudding containing heart, liver, and lungs from sheep minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt.

I liked it so much so next evening I had to go back to same restaurant and same menu

From Inverness I cycled by the Loch Ness down to GlenCoe and Glen Coe valley  

Three sisters or Bidean nam Bian, lying to the south of Glen Coe, Highland, Scotland, is the highest point in the former county of Argyll.

Many ridges and subsidiary peaks, one of which, Stob Coire Sgreamhach, is classified as a separate Munro.

Guys I meet between GlenCoe and Tyndrum

On my way back to Edinburgh I stopped at Falkrik to view this boat lift

The Falkirk Wheel, is the world’s only boat lift that lifts / lowers the boats 24 meters, in a rotated wheel

Opened in 2002

It was magical to see how it worked

Illuminated walkway in Stirling

View over Edinburg

Back in Edinburgh and my bicycle journey is over for this year

I stayed couple of nights to explore the capital of Edinburgh

 

If You are in Edinburgh You must visit the castle

Canon view from Edinburgh castle

The Royal Mile, a tourist street

The Royal Mileis an thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh

The thoroughfare is, as the name suggests, approximately one Scots mile long and runs downhill between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

Thousands of tourists walk up and down every day

St Giles Cathedral on The Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

Further down after the street lies this cathedral

 

I visit Camera obscura exhibition  and it was a very fun visit 

This visit was the most creepy I visited

The Real Mary King’s Close is an old secret ”underground district under the Royal Mile in central city.

Mary Kings Close was a thriving area in Edinburgh’s Old Town between the 16th and 1800’s with small alleys and up to ten storey high houses.

But in the 19th century the district was overlaid by more modern buildings and the district, now underground, became fate and empty.

The guide to Mary Kings Close

which would take us down and show us Mary Kings Close Scary World

One of many narrow alleys at Mary Kings close

Young women and her baby suffer the onset of the Black Death, also known as the Great Plague

The doorway into Mr Chesney’s house. He was the last resident to live on Mary King’s Close

Outside my B&B

Time to leave Edingburgh

Flight captain is waiting to take off