After taking the ferry from Tarbert we arrived in Lochmaddy on North Uist where we stayed in a wonderful house overlooking Loch Portain – a remote location where there were plenty of deer and sea otters to keep us amused. We then cycled down to Benbecula – again battling against a fierce wind making for very slow progress. We passed many causeways and lochs but on the whole it was fairly flat which made a change. The Islanders are extremely warm, friendly and helpful – we were even asked in for coffee and cake by a couple who lived beside the road to boost our energy levels – even Oscar was treated to a doggy biscuit and drink ! After a comfortable night in Benbecula there was another hard day with strong winds and rain taking us down to Lochboisdale where we stayed before taking the ferry back to Oban and the islands of Coll and Tiree. Unfortunately we were unable to find accommodation on Coll so had to have an extra day on Tiree – not a problem as Tiree is a beautiful island – the sunniest and the windiest – with wide open skies and a wealth of wonderful long white sandy beaches. Oscar in his element with lovely walks. Unfortunately because of the cold weather the Machair – the profusion of wild flowers for which the islands are well known – is behind although just beginning to come through. There is a storm warning out for the next couple of days with hurricane force winds forecast so it looks as though we may well have to stay yet more days here as the ferries won’t be running back to Oban. It could be an interesting week ahead!
Just heard the wonderful news that I have another grandchild on the way – my son’s second child, due the first week in December – another incentive to get home by then!