DAY 51 – Portree to Lochcarron

Sunday 15th April

After a restless night’s sleep in our tent (something to do with pitching it on a slope and sliding into each other all night!) we had packed up and got on the road at around 8:15am.

We were leaving Skye today after some amazing cycling as it was time to get back to the coastal route and continue north. Our first scheduled stop was at 27 miles in Broadford where we would again call in at Carters Cabin – the most amazing takeaway food outlet on Skye. Mark fed us again and wished us well on our journey back to the mainland. If you didn’t catch it in my earlier blog post Mark is undertaking his own cycling challenge riding the 262 mile Scottish coast to coast in May. He is raising money for Lupus UK, which his daughter suffers with. So again if you are on the Isle of Skye drop in and say hi (and sample the wonderful food) and also check out his justgiving page for more on his story and his amazing challenge and the option to sponsor him:

We pedalled into a headwind to the bridge off Skye and over to Kyle of Lochalsh. The bridge crossing was similar to the one over the Severn and into Wales in that it was a super strong side wind threatening to blow us into oncoming traffic (the difference here being that there was little to no oncoming traffic – although I’m sure that would be different in peak season).

From the moment we crossed onto the mainland we had sight of the mountain range containing the infamous Bealach-Na-Ba pass – a climb rated 11 out of 10 in my book of the UK’s top 100 climbs and one we will take on tomorrow.

For now though we had another 25 miles of undulating and often very steep roads before reaching our end point at the Wee Campsite in Lochcarron. I had considered the possibility of continuing on and bagging Bealach-Na-Ba today whilst the weather was good (and ensuring good views at the top), but the intermediate hills really took it out of me and I was glad when Danny agreed we should stop for the day. We found a lovely restaurant where we refuelled and talked over plans for the next few days. I am now back on my original schedule so keep an eye out for an update to that page on my website when Danny is home.

We were left with a flat five mile roll into Lochcarron finished with a wickedly steep but short hill up to the Wee Campsite which we would call home for the evening. We were now getting very speedy at pitching the tent and it was up in no time.

Happy with a good days cycling we headed down to the local pub/hotel/restaurant for a few drinks. We debated having pudding but at £7.80 that chocolate brownie better have been something special, but judging by the pub’s appearance it was more likely to be decidedly average so we settled for some M&M’s instead. When I questioned the price the lady said “it does come with either cream, ice cream or custard” – not exactly justifying the astronomic price tag!

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