Our ferry departs Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides on schedule at 7am. It’s a very smooth 2.5 hour passage to Ullapool in mainland Scotland.
Our plan is to follow the coast roads. The North and West Highland Tourist Route is now marketed as the North Coast 500 (miles). You see one sign or the other, or most commonly, both on everyturn. Commencing in Inverness it crosses the northern highlands to Ullapool, it then follows the coastline around northern Scotland back to the starting point at Inverness. As we come off our ferry from the western isles at Ullapool, our drive will be more like the North Coast 350 by the time we arrive at Inverness. But then again we shall try for Orkney in a couple of days so we may get back to 500 miles
Ullapool is a pretty little port village, lines of white house skirt the shoreline.