Ok, I have to admit that after May’s debacle, I didn’t have any qualms planning a road trip with my sister that included the possibility of motoring over a couple of significant obstacles, so I didn’t have to deal with them at a later date on the bike. And why not take out the big daddy of them all, namely the Bealach Na Ba, which I’m sure is the steepest road in mainland UK. This little strategic sidestep meant that I could make it down to Uags bothy at the bottom of the Applecross peninsula without even breaking into sweat. I’m sure somewhere deep in my psyche there is the desire to peddle up its alpinesque switch backs, but after all the exertions over the last year I was happy to be a passenger once again. And once I got to thinking it didn’t take a huge leap of imagination to include a trip to Craig on the itinerary, thus negating the need to expend energy over the undulations of the Diabeag road. I just had to be very nice to my sister for the week, as she would be doing all the driving.
I also have to confide that we luxuriated at the Torridon Inn for a couple of nights – courtesy of my sister’s credit card – which with my budget mindset took a little getting used to. Well, a good five minutes at least. I even remembered to pack a smart set of clothes so I didn’t look like some kind of tramp when I walked into the hostelry’s restaurant. All in all, it was a really sedate trip. The wander along the coast to Craig is a real treat, with great views over to the Trottenish and out to Harris, and there is a similar atmosphere to the walk down to Uags. The only difference is the path down the peninsula takes some finding, even though there is a helpful signpost close to the road end.