After driving round Gruinard Bay the road climbs away from the sea. Just as Little Loch Broom comes into view
there is a parking area on the left of the road. The views from here, on a clear day, are well worth admiring.
Out to sea are the Summer Isles, with Achiltibuie beyond in the far distance, On the opposite shore of Little Loch Broom is the collection of houses at Scoraig, to which the only access is by boat.
After leaving Little Loch Broom look out for the Stepping Stones Gallery and Gift Shop, which has an excellent, and unusual selection of gifts, pictures and cards.
The road then climbs through a delightful wooded valley with a series of waterfalls. Deer can often be seen here
and if you are lucky, maybe a golden eagle circling overhead. Further on, the view point overlooking Loch Broom
and Corrieshalloch Gorge www.nts.org.uk are both well worth stopping at.
Turning left at Braemore Junction, the road descends the 12 miles to Ullapool, a small but important town. Caledonian MacBrayne provides the ferry service from Ullpool to Stornaway.
In summer it is possible to book a day trip across with a coach tour around the Isle of Lewis. In Ullapool there is a small, interesting museum, a variety of shops and restaurants. There are two companies which organise boat trips to the Summer Isles where you can expect to see a range of sea birds and marine animals.
Many of our visitors who reach Ullapool want to venture further by taking the road north. After approximately
10 miles is a left hand turn to Achiltibuie. This single track road runs along the shores of Loch Lurgainn
and between the peaks of Ben Mor Coigach and Stac Pollaidh. The first turning on the right leads to Lochinver
which is the aim but Achilitibuie and Reiff are worth visiting as they gives a fine view back across the bay to Laide.
The Hydroponicum can also be visited.
The winding road to Lochinver from the junction that was passed earlier is about 10 miles long and
is most picturesque. Lochinver has the larger of the two workshops for the Highland Pottery,
the other is in Ullapool. Visitors are welcome to watch the craftsmen at work.
The other notable place is the Lochinver Larder, a cafe/restaurant that specialises in both savoury and sweet pies.
The excursion is about 150 miles long and involves 4 to 5 hours driving. However, it is well worth the effort.
Although it is possible to undertake a return trip to the north western tip of Scotland at Cape Wrath in a day, such a journey would be very long and the rewards might be considered no greater than those suggested above.
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