2012, Scotland : Islands & Highlands

After the Scandinavia trip I made a few slight adjustments to my equipment before heading off. First I bought myself a new tent; still a pop-up this time I had a three man versions complete with an inner skin. It solved all my space and water problems, even after some of the worst rain I stayed nice and dry.

The other addition was an iPad, a very early Christmas present, on to which I loaded a series of OS maps via a software package called Memory-maps which allowed me to track exactly where I was and to see what was about a those places I wanted to visit. This made a huge difference to the trip.

Sunday 2nd September : Home to Ardrossan

An early start was in order for the 405 mile drive to Ardrossan. Although I always had the option to spend the night on the main land before getting the ferry the following morning, I was hoping that I would make the last ferry of the day so that I could spend a leisurely day on the island.

After arriving in Ardrossan I boarded my first ferry of the trip for the short crossing to Brodick and then headed for the campsite at Lamlash for a well earned sleep.

Monday 3rd : Isle of Arran

I booked into the Lamlash campsite for two nights which allowed me an easy day to drift around the island and see the sights.

Tuesday 4th : Arran to Mull

A slow start to my morning saw me packed and ready for the short drive to Lochranza and the 10:45 ferry across to Claonaig. Back on the main land.

From Claonaig there was a leisurely 65 mile drive to Oban for the ferry to Mull.

Wednesday 5th : Iona and Mull

Iona has long been on my “must visit” list since reading a little about its important place in the ancient history of Scotland. In times long past Iona was the chosen final resting place for the Scottish Kings. There is still a strong Christian community on the island with the magnificently restored abbey dominating the skyline.

The weather was wonderful and the lack of traffic, only licensed vehicles are aloud on the ferry, made for an amazingly atmospheric visit.

Thursday 6th : Mull to Skye

The weather has turned this morning.

  • North & South Uist
  • Arran & Harries
  • Highlands

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