Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Family On Tour: The Cave of Bones and Ullapool

The next leg of our family car camping tour saw us heading south towards Ullapool. Another fantastic drive through amazing scenery!



This is part 3 of our Easter holidays car camping tour in the north of Scotland. You can catch up with part 1 Orkney and part 2 Durness.

From Durness we headed south on the A838...


Wow, what a run...


Looking south toward Kylesku and the Assynt area...


Some view!



Here's a view of Sail Gharbh, part of Quinag. We passed so many hills and mountains that I'd like to go back on walk sometime...




And just around 3 miles south of Inchnadamph we broke our journey to investigate The Cave of Bones with a little walk up a beautiful limestone valley...


There were a couple of springs along the way and the river disappeared and re-emerged at one point.


It's only a little over a mile to the caves with a last section that might put a few people on edge if they don't like heights. Here's our first view of the caves...


Remains have been found here dating back as much as 5000 years. Polar bear, lynx, wolf and something a little more recent...



There were some fat looking Ravens about!


What a location...


And time for a picnic...


Looking out...



Beren actually crawled through one interlinking tunnel.


Soon we arrived at Ardmair Camp site, about 3 miles north of Ullapool. Another excellent location with great facilities. 



Ironically I'd stayed here back in Easter 1989 as a first year on my Geology degree. Just where those white houses are on the shore used to be a line of strapped down static caravans. It would have been my first chance to see the northern lights, but while others watched I was asleep!


A lovely spot...


Nearby is a lighthouse at Rhue. The same design as the old Muckle Roe lighthouse that now stands in the car park at Sumburgh Head.


And here's the ferry on it's way from Ullapool to Stornaway on Lewis...


We had a day of retail therapy in Ullapool...


Fish and chips, cakes and stuff and a few bits of outdoor gear in the sales...


As well as some delayed Easter egg hunting for Beren along the wonderful wooded valley of the Ullapool River...



Long tailed tits, chaffinch, woodpecker, we saw them all, but not the Easter Bunny!


Next we were off to Rothiemurchus campsite in the heart of The Cairngorms via the not-so-kwik-fit in Inverness for our last leg of the trip.

Again videos to come...


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