Back to the West Coast. Top pic shows the Bealach Na Ba, the highest mountain pass in the UK, rising to 623 metres, over 2,000 feet. It's a brilliant drive and used to be the only access to Applecross. When I was there a couple of years ago. the barmaid in the Applecross Inn told me a story about a Japanese tourist who froze on the pass (not literally), he just couldn't drive any more, forward or back. This caused considerable problems because it's a single track road, which only has passing places every half mile or so. The result was an amazing traffic jam on one of the most remote roads in Scotland. You'd think he'd have done the decent thing and driven off the side! Hari Cari or something!
The second pic shows the busy Gairloch beach. You have to get up early in the morning to grab a spot. Beat the Germans and all that.
Bottom pic is the cottage I stayed at. It was on an island and owned by a fisherman and his wife. The inlet is tidal, hence the cool bridge, which floats up when the tide comes in, allowing you to cross over whether the tide is in or out. How brilliant is that? The guy has his own boat and happily takes you out to do a spot of fishing or otter, seal and whale spotting.
I woke one morning to find a container full of fresh langoustines at my front door which he'd caught the previous day. Nice breakfast.
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