Trip to Tongue
Our first opportunity to get away since the outbreak of Covid-19: This was supposed to be the week that we did our cycling holiday, but given the uncertainty, with lock-down at a moments notice, we opted to spend our week in the Tongue Hotel - our second visit to this area.
Below are a series of photos of our trip.
Day-1: we cycled into one of the most remote parts of the British Isles. We cycled to Altnabreac, in the center of a area of land accessible only on dirt tracks.
Only a few gravel tracks pass through this part of Scotland
River Thurso and Morven, the high summit on the horizon
The bridge at Loch More with Ben Alisky in the background
On our second day we opted to climb Ben Loyal, the most picturesque mountain in the area.
Not the best weather day, but at least the summit was clear of cloud
An 11-miles round trip, our route to the top was via the saddle to the left of the summit
Bits of a Hampden P2118 aircraft that crashed 25 August 1943, it was itself on a search and rescue flight.
The view east towards Loch Loyal
We cycled The North Loop from Tongue <Click Here> for gpx and kml files
This is a very quiet part of the North Coast: impressively isolated hamlets
The village of Borgie
A little off the loop, to the south-east, is The Unknown
Julie feels she had a connection - but he is a rather quite soul
The next day: more cycling :-)
We cycled along Glen Hope. Great views of Ben Hope as we head south
We saw only two cars during the day
Our turn around point was the broch Dun Dornaigil
The broch, not the best preserved of its type in Scotland, is around 2500-years old
Our return back down the glen, towards Ben Hope
The river Strathmore flows towards Loch Hope
As we drove back to Tongue we stopped briefly to visit Moine House on the old road
In the 19th century Moine House was a refreshment stop on the long north-coast road
Left deserted for many years after the new road bypassed, the ruin was stabilised in the 1980's
In the evening at the Tongue Hotel, we were treated to a lovely sunset
Sunset over the Kyle of Tongue
The following day, you guessed it, we did more cycling: over the Kyle bridge and north to Strathan
The view over the Kyle of Tongue towards Ben Loyal
On route for Talmine
Talmine Bay: not as sunny as when we were last here in 2018
The following day, our last day of the holiday, we cycled around the Kyle of Tongue
From Tongue we cycled over the bridge and then south towards Ben Loyal
This used to be the main coast road until the construction of the Kyle Bridge. John Lennon had a car crash here in 1969
The Kyle of Tongue and Ben Loyal
It was a fabulous last day of a great holiday!