Sunday, 18 November 2018

HIGHLAND ADVENTURE - NC500 ROUTE - DAY FOUR

Lochinver to Tongue

 

After a delicious breakfast, quite possibly the best thing about our stay at Glencanisp Lodge, we headed out of Lochinver towards Tongue.


On our way out of Lochinver we decided to try our luck at the Lochinver Larder, in the hope we could taste the famous pies. Luck seemed to be on our side as the shop was open, so we had two pies boxed up ready to take on our road trip further north.




After a lovely drive with lots more viewpoints, to enjoy and photograph we arrived at Balnakeil/Durness. Here they have various little shops, which all display the locals crafts and wares. I purchased a fabric/felt highland cow named Toffee which is hanging pride of place in my car!

Also in this craft village, is the world famous Cocoa Mountain. They have the nicest hot chocolates we have ever tasted so worth a stop if you are chocoholics like me! If you are lucky you might even get to share your table with the resident cat Mia.




Once we had our fill of chocolate, we decided to press on towards Smoo Cave. This is a very popular attraction so just something to bare in mind when you are planning your NC500 trip. The cave itself is fantastic, and you can even venture through to the waterfall chamber. On certain days there is a boat trip available, which takes you even further into the cave, but unfortunately due to recent heavy rain it wasn’t safe for us to do this.









After we had finished in the cave we ventured back to the car to continue on toward Tongue.


Just outside of Durness we spotted a fantastic beach with white sands and turquoise waters. Here we sat and watched people zip line from one side of the coast to the other, and some very excitable Border Collies race along the sands.



It was a relatively short drive from the beach across the Kyle of Tongue to our hotel for the evening. We were also pleased to discover that our room and the dining area looks over to Castle Varrich, so we were able to enjoy the sunset during our dinner and drinks.



I hope you have enjoyed all the photos from day 4 of our trip, and it has given you some inspiration for a trip to the highlands of Scotland. Be sure to check back soon to see what day 5 had in store for us!
Lots of Love
Natasha
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