Skooter reporting 08/08/12
Nigel described to me all about the distant north of Scotland is for cyclists who want to come into contact with the rawest wilderness biking on some of the most isolated roads in Britain. Almost anywhere you go here is a low-traffic zone, but on the furthest-flung stretches seldom you will see a soul. You should know that many single-lane roads in this part of Scotland are not wide enough for cars to pass moving cyclists, so you will need to pull to the side.
Far north Scotland begins north of Inverness, and the further west you go the wilder it gets. You will see astonishingly distinctive Scottish scenes, like the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt or the deserted moorlands and untamed beautiful coastline of the Stoer Peninsula, where wildlife like stags, pine martin, wildcat, otter and badgers proliferate. You can sidetrack to the magnificent Cape Wrath, the distant most northwest point of Scotland, and in the northeast pedal to the town of John O’Groats, where the mainland British Isles culminate. There are miles of serene, narrow roads around the northern coast where cyclists can immerse themselves in mountain and moorland scenery, and there is first-rate wild camping just about everywhere. After an adventurous trips cycling far north, the world will surely appear less crowed than when you started. Just in a week you could cover this area, but Nigel said take two to make time for exploring the scenic back roads.
To be continued…