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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the west of Scotland one must always be be prepared for the unexpected.
Weather can and does change quickly and drastically from benign to malevolent- especially on mountains
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The local men; fishermen;farmers;road workers, all swear by Avons` so soft as a midge repellant
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: keep tent flaps tightly shut dawn and dusk.
This is the time the midges are most voracious
Miscellaneous: The midge bites shown here are over a week old and still itching.
These are the most prominent but for every prominent one there are a hundred minor ones which itch just as badly
Updated Aug 31, 2004
This is one of the steepest roads in the UK so not for the faint hearted (at places its a 20% gradient).
The wind is also a major factor and we got it wrong cycling the the peninsula clockwise thus heading up the pass into a major headwind.
Written Aug 30, 2008
Favorite thing: Although we only had a couple of really sunny days, we were fortunate to be in superbly scenic locations when the sun did shine. The difference in the pohtos on a good day is very noticeable. Bright blue skies give blue water, reflections and shadows and an interesting light altogether.
Fondest memory: Greatest memories are the morning we arose at 6.30am whilst camped on Loch Torridon. The sky was blue, not a breath of wind and midges galore.We launched the boat and the views of the mountains with the early morning light on them will remin with me always. And we caught a few fish!!!
The other great memory was the same morning, driving from Loch Duich over the Rattagan Pass to Glenelg. Again, this has to be done on a bright, clear day. Such superb scenery.
Updated Aug 27, 2007