This year was no different and although we fell foul to the weather (including hailstones) it was another trip to remember.
Perth | Glen Coe | Fort William | Loch Ness | Dingwall | Tongue
The first 50 miles or so were dry and sunny and it was a promising start to the weekend. Glen Coe was stunning as always and passing Glen Etive is always a joy.
Unfortunately the heavens started to leak as we arrived in Fort William and this set the tone for the rest of the journey. Loch Ness was a washout and it wasn’t until the last 4 miles of the day’s travelling that we started to see the sun again.
Tongue | Durness | Ullapool | Skye
Another wet start (boooooo) and we found ourselves up in the hills around Durness in amongst a “fun run” which was anything but! The skies had brought hailstones in their masses which had reduced one poor fun-runner to tears as she was being pelted so hard by them. We’d normally do the entire West Coast route via Gairloch and Applecross, but the weather was simply terrible and the call was made to head the more direct route to Skye (after a huge brunch).
Skye | Spean Bridge | Glen Coe | Perth
Guess what? A wet start from Skye and by the time we got to Spean Bridge even my Gore-tex gloves had given up. From that point on the sun was pretty determined to shine and we only had one more soaking after Glen Coe to deal with before we arrived home in Perth pretty dry.
Can’t wait until next year’s tour now, although I doubt I’ll be organising it for May…
And finally, here is a video produced by another Ian who was on the trip too – enjoy!