NC500 DAY 8 – SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2022 – not complete

Glen Urquart, Drumnadrochit (Loch Ness) to Loch Lomond

Google Maps route from Glen Urquart, Drumnadrochit (Loch Ness) to Loch Lomond

The day started with yet another great breakfast and we were on the road by 0920. The West coast of the NC500 is arguably the most scenic and this days stretch was stunning. We drove down the A838 and A894 alonge the edge of the Kyle of Durness, past Loch Inchard and Loch Laxford and a host of smaller Loch’s to Scourie. The Scenery was amazing.

From Scourie we carried on south and stopped in a small cafe called the Rock Stop. As well as a cafe serving locally produced items, it also has a craft shop and acts as the North West Highlands Geopark Visitor Centre. It has a video room with instructional and educational videos showing and big picture window looking out over Loch Gleann Dubh. If your lucky you can see Ospreys, dolphins and Minky whales from here.

From here we carried on to Drumbeg, and saw a Golden Eagle or Osprey circling above, unfortunately the road was too narrow and windy to stop and by the time we could stop to get a photo it was nowhere to be seen! We carried on past the magnificent Clashnessie Falls via Clachtoll with its deserted beach to our lunch stop, Delilah’s in Lochinver.

Afer lunch we continued, past Loch Assynt that had islands in it that looked like Dumbledore’s last resting place from the Harry Potter films and the ruins of Ardvreck Castle, past Ben Canisp and lots of small lochs. The pictures really dont do it justice!

A short detour into Ullapool and then backtracking to our B&B for the night, Skylark for 1615. This B&B is outstanding, probably the best B&B we stayed in. We were greeting by Pauline the owner and shown to our room, there are only two rooms in the place and the views over to the Summer Isles were unreal. In the very comfortable and well presented room there was a tot of single malt waiting and views over the village and coast.

Dinner that evening was in The Arch Inn in Ullapool, some of the best seafood we have ever had. oysters, langoustines and monkfish all ably accompanied by a very nice glass of wine! The langousitnes had literally been landed off the boat 20 minutes before we ordered them and were outstanding!