A trip across the highlands

We were going from Inverness to Balmacara, which gave us a few different options about how to get there. My choice was to take the A832, which followed the Highland Railway and the Dingwall and Skye Railway* for a great percentage of its length. I had been influenced by some stories about the view from the Loch Maree lookout, but I’m also a bit of a train nerd** (those of you who checked the first footnote or have followed my MHO series may already be aware).

Where we come from, water is a valuable commodity and is something to be hoarded. The idea of it lying around in bloody great lochs is incomprehensible. This tends to result in lots of watery photos. Here’s a selection.

Loch Achanalt
Rail bridge on loch Achanalt on the A832 between Garve and Achnasheen

Loch Achanalt
Loch Achanalt on the A832 between near Achnasheen.

Loch Achanalt
Heather on the other side of the lay-by the photo of the loch was taken from.

Loch a'Chroisg
Loch a’Chroisg on the A832 between Achnasheen and Kinlochewe, looking back towards Loch Achanalt

Loch Maree lookout
Loch Maree lookout on the A832 between Achnasheen and Kinlochewe

Just before Kinlochewe, the A896 swings south and passes deep through the highlands. This is a narrower, longer alternative to the main road. Sometimes it’s worth taking the road less travelled.

A896 near Loch Clair
A896 near Loch Clair. Despite being an A road, the A896 is under 3m wide.

A896 near Loch Clair
A896 near Loch Clair.

A896, western end of Loch Clair
A896, western end of Loch Clair.

A896, Coire Dubh

Ruined cottage near Coire Dubh.

Upper Loch Torridon
Upper Loch Torridon. We turned down a side road to Torridon, Fasag and up into the hills for a better view of the loch.

Torridon
Loch Torridon is a sea-loch.

Torridon
Torridon

Torridon
Seaweed in the loch.

If you’d like to see more, the slideshow for the trip is here.


* Opened by the Dingwall and Skye Railway, but operated from the outset by the Highland Railway company.

** Similarly, one could claim the Pope is a little bit Catholic.

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