About 10 minutes after posting the blog last night we spied movement in the sea outside the camper. Yes indeed a dolphin – followed by several others. They were close enough to see really well and ambled by to the other side of the bay. Fabulous to see them.
This morning we drove down to the point to see if we could see more dolphins but nothing to be seen, well except a couple of German’s with plastic garden chairs, knives in holsters, blankets and stockpiles of food setting up for a day of spotting – slightly crazy looking but to be fair they seemed happy enough.
We moved off and headed to Cromarty as its a peninsula we hadn’t previously visited. Little village with a couple of shops and many, many oil rigs on the firth looking sad and waiting to broken up. The mini car ferry to Nigg wasn’t running so we headed back down the north of the isle and crossed by the bridge to Dingwall. There we loaded up with supplies at Tesco and headed west.
Lunch stop was on the A835 heading towards Ullapool. We parked up at Loch Glascarnoch which is stunning. The sun was shinning down the loch and there was snow on the tops of the far mountains. We stayed for an hour and were joined by another campervan but other than that very few cars or people about.
From there we followed the road to Braemore junction, turning off just before Ullapool on the Gruinard Bay coastal route which an hour later brough us to Poolewe and we are now pitched up on site. A stunning view down the loch which will no doubt look somewhat different tomorrow as several ships from Joint Warrior are anchored in the loch. Iain has his radio in the van so am hoping he doesn’t manage to contact the fleet and get us involved!
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