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From Kinlochewe, a small village 50 miles west of Inverness, the North Coast 500 continues its spectacular passage for another 75 miles to bring us to the bustling village of Ullapool. Wild moorland, gorgeous lochs, colossal mountains and rugged coastline are all on show, perfectly illustrating our wonderful country. The early stages of the route run alongside the steely blue waters of Loch Maree, itself framed by magnificent and shapely mountain of Slioch, rising to 981 metres above sea level. It’s thought that the word Slioch may originate from the Gaelic sleagh, meaning a spear. Beyond the attractive settlements of Charlestown and Gairloch, with its beautiful arc of golden sand, the North Coast 500 tapers its way around a wonderfully rugged coastline, in the shadow of An Teallach and Sail Mhor, passing the First and Second Coast and the incredible Gruinard Bay. It then continues high above Little Loch Broom. Here the spectacular views extend towards the Summer Isles. The final miles head north along the shores of Loch Broom, all the way to Ullapool, one of the major settlements along the North Coast 500 and a great place to stop and relish some of the finest seafood in the world. Join us next issue for part 3 of the journey! Clockwise from top: The mountains of Coigach from between the First and Second Coasts; taking a break above Little Loch Broom; dusk settles over Ullapool; gorgeous north coast light over Gruinard; the A832 runs beside the stunning coastline under mountains including Sail Mhor and An Teallach Previous page, clockwise: Evening light over Loch Broom; fishing trawlers moored at Charlestown; the spectacular Munro of Slioch above Loch Maree 60 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winter 2017 www.scottishcaravansandmotorhomes.co.uk
PICTURES Keith Fergus/www.scottishhorizons.co.uK Fact file Loch Maree is named after Saint Maelrubha, who established an abbey near Applecross The name Gairloch simply means ‘the short loch’ Ullapool was built in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society to exploit the herring boom of the time. Today the village is the main ferry terminus for Stornoway, the main town of the Isle of Lewis Inverewe Gardens, a little north of Poolewe, was created by aristocratic landowner Osgood Mackenzie in 1862. It’s home to exotic plants from across the world Sitting out in Gruinard Bay, Gruinard Island became infamous as the site of a biological warfare test in the 1940s by British military scientists. The island remained out of bounds for nearly 50 years until it was decontaminated Where to pitch Kinlochewe Caravan Cub Site 01445 760239 Gairloch Caravan Park Mihol Road, Gairloch, 01445 712373. Sands Caravan & Camping Park Gairloch, 01445 712152. Gruinard Bay Caravan Park Sand Laide, Achnasheen, 01445 731225 Inverewe Gardens Camping and Caravan Club Site Poolewe, Achnasheen, 01445 781249 Shore Caravan Site Achmelvich, Lochinver, 01571 844393 Port a Bhaigh Campsite Altandhu, Achiltibuie, 01854 622339 Broomfield Holiday Park West Lane, Ullapool, 01854 612020 winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 61
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