Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2


Day 36 - Poolewe to Ullapool

The weather today was looking good, and this would make the day more comfortable. The distance from Poolewe to Ullapool is about 52 miles and I wanted to get there in one day so that the next step up to Scourie (at 43 miles and with no campsites along the way) could be achieved the following day.

A mobile butcher and grocery van stopped at the campsite in the morning. I stocked up on food for the day, including a huge steak for my evening meal.

I made good progress for the first hour, but then the terrain became less flat and I slowed down considerably. The views however as I cycled round Gruinard Bay were excellent.

I stopped at a petrol station at the side of Little Loch Broom to buy an ice cream and fill up on water. When I came back outside a German lad on a three wheeled recumbant had stopped too. He was cycling in the other direction and had set off from Ullapool in the morning set to get to Poolewe in the evening. He had three weeks holiday and had cycled from Newcastle up the east coast to John O'Groats and along the North coast and down the west coast. This had taken him 1.5 weeks and his aim was to go to Ireland next before returning home. He took a photo of me in his recumbant.

Some amazing scenery on the way to Ulllapool, where I found a large and very busy campsite. Camping here was £4 for the night. A big German coach and accomodation trailer had stopped here, and I spent a few minutes talking to one of the coach party.

I cycled round Ullapool and met three of the young lasses who played in the ceilidh band the night before last. They were playing in the Arch Inn in the evening, so this was were I eventually ended up.

Distance travelled today was 52 miles.



Photograph of the road to Ullapool and some mountain peaks in the background
Views from the road to Ullapool



Photograph of me sat in the German lad's recumbant
Having a test run in the recumbant



Photograph of a very large German coach and accomodation trailer at the campsite in Ullapool (side view)
A German tour vehicle at the campsite in Ullapool



Photograph of a very large German coach and accomodation trailer at the campsite in Ullapool (angled view)
A German tour vehicle at the campsite in Ullapool



Photograph of the pier at Ullapool with hills in the background
Ullapool




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