Day 166 : Rhiroy – Ullapool

Yesterday, I had a rest day and we had a drive around the coast of Coigach area with great views of the Summer Isles to Lochinver and the Assynt. It gives me a taste of what I have got to look forward to.

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Walk Date :                16th Oct 2015
Mileage :                     13.20 miles                   Total Mileage :          2,608.29 miles
Accommodation :      Loch Gruinard Caravan Park, Laird

Most of today is on the road and I start at the hamlet of Rhiroy on the west side of Loch Broom. I pass through Ardindrean  before coming to Clachan, another small hamlet with a big parish church which is facing costly repair.

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I have a flat stretch of road here to Inverbroom Bridge where I join the main road. This is the A835 which is the main route from Inverness to Ullapool and the Western highlands and is quite busy.

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Although I did not walk throw here one of the places to see is the Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve. You can walk to a viewing platform where you can view the Falls of Measach.

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My route to Ullapool passes Inverlael Forest with walks up to Ben Dearg, the red mountain and Leckmelm, a small settlement, the scene of a battle between clans Gunn and Sutherland.

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At Ullapool we climb up to Cnoc na Croiche for splendid views of Ullapool and Loch Broom. The town grew at the peak of the herring fishing industry. Nowadays it has a small array of shops, pubs, youth hostel and is the terminal for the ferry to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.