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NORTHERN EXPOSURE


follow the signs to Ullapool and Gairloch. After the village of Garve, take the road to the left towards Achnasheen and Gairloch to reach Achnasheen, which is a remote village formed beside the railway station. Turn left at the roundabout (the only one of its kind in Wester Ross!) and head down Glencarron to the shores of Loch Carron. You are now poised to turn northwards along the Coastal Trail. To reach this point from Fort William or Kyle of


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Lochalsh, you must take the turn-off between Dornie and Kyle. Tis is marked clearly and signposted to ‘Te North’, just in case you are in any doubt as to the direction you are travelling! Te road takes in some excellent views of the surrounding mountains, particularly towards Applecross, where huge rock faces stretch out over the surrounding countryside. On reaching the famous ‘Stromeferry – no ferry’ sign (it once had a ferry across to Lochcarron), the road runs high over the lochside with views that take in its entire length. Lochcarron is on the opposite shore.


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get to the Coastal Trail from Inverness, take the A9 past Inverness towards Dingwall, and


YOU’LL FIND YOURSELF TRAVELLING AROUND ONE OF THE MOST REMOTE PENINSULAS IN THE


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Lochcarron is a long narrow village directly beside the shore of Loch Carron, with views across the loch to the hills beyond. Te main road out of Lochcarron to the north quickly gains height, but soon drops down again to the village of Kishorn, which has a working craft studio (Patterns of Light) and the excellent Kishorn Seafood Bar. A few miles further on, the road to Applecross turns


off to the left - you now have one of the most dramatic and beautiful stretches of road in the country in front of you, and a drive which has been described as one of the top 10 road journeys in the world. Just as you gain height, you will see some concrete structures on the left of the road – to satisfy your curiosity, we had better explain that the water here is extremely deep, and this was the site of a major construction yard for deepwater oil platforms during the mid-1970s. Te 600,000 tonne ‘Ninian Central’ platform, at the time the world’s largest moveable structure, was constructed here. Te road you are on now is an old drove road, and


takes you to Applecross over the Bealach Na Ba or ‘Pass of the Cattle’. It has several tight hairpin bends


VIEW A MUST-SEE


OVER LOCH TORRIDON


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