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Ullapool for Chips
Sun 2nd Oct 2016 to Sun 2nd Oct 2016
organised by Highland Scotland

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Ullapool for Chips – Sunday 2nd October 2016 

We spend a lot of time in this country complaining about the weather, but when it is good – it really is good, and Sunday was one of those days. We had to keep reminding ourselves that this really was October as we drove through brilliant sunshine and enjoyed the warmth of the sun. You could feel the envy from our fellow motorists , they really wanted to be in our gang on a day like this.  
It was pretty cool though as we gathered at Evanton the outside temperature was only about 5 degrees. Our small convoy left Evanton and headed over the Struie briefly stopping at the Kyle of Sutherland viewpoint to savour the views. Then we headed to Lairg where refreshements (yes Bobby got his bacon roll!!!) awaited us at the excellent Pier Café. As we approached Lairg, however we descended into thick mist which thankfully didn’t last for long. 
Once refreshed we headed west along the banks of Loch Shin. Most of the mist had now risen, but there were still remnants which just sat on top of the Loch against a brilliant blue sky. Traffic was remarkably light on such a lovely day and we made good progress west and were soon marvelling at the mighty Arkle which dominated the view as we reached the north west corner.  
We then turned south and onto Scourie. The views on the road south from Scourie are always impressive but today they seemed even more so.  We resisted the temptation to stop at the numerous viewpoints and instead pulled into the big layby just north of the Kylesku Bridge. There “waiting for us” was a Porsche, Lotus, AMG Mercedes and Ferrari. It turned out these were four Irish guys who has come across to do the North Coast 500. We had a good look at their cars but they were more interested in our North Coast 500 car stickers and caps – “where can we get one?” they asked.  
Soon they headed south with the Ferrari giving the others a few minutes start. Then he took off across the Kysku Bridge at full throttle with a bark that echoed down the glen. It was a moment that would have brought a big smile to Clarkson, Hammond & May so you can imagine how big our grins were. 
We then headed off and had decided that as it was such a lovely day we would take in the Drumbeg/Lochinver loop (known locally as ‘The Wee Mad Road’). However, before we made the turnoff we had a wee issue with some sheep that had been spooked by a dog walker and came flying across the road in front of us. It was pretty close – but we (us and the sheep) got through unscathed. 
The Drumbeg/Lochinver loop is tight and twisty with limited visibility and even more limited passing places. However, it also has stunning scenery around each corner. Thankfully we didn’t meet too much traffic and managed to stop to take in the scenery at Drumbeg and then Clashnessie beach. After this the road is not quite so narrow, and we were soon at Lochinver and back on the main roads. Again traffic was sparse and we made good progress south enjoying the majestic beauty of the western Highlands on such a lovely day.  
We arrived into Ullapool and after purchasing our chips we sat on the pier to enjoy them which we did as the seagulls left us in peace. We then headed west and stopped in Strathpeffer as Katie & Alan had invited us for some refreshments on the way home. We were very comfortable in their garden bothy as we enjoyed some excellent home baking (the doggy bags were much appreciated as well )and even a glass of bubbly for those who were not driving. It really was a super way to end a perfect day. Maybe all runs should end like this? 

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