On route to Rhum I crossed from Tobermory to Kilchoan
on Ardnamurchan. When there I decided not to add
distance visiting the most westerly point in the UK as I
was on route to Mallaig. I found the first section from
Kilchoan to Ardslignish a bit bleak, but from there to Salen
was pleasant. From Salen to Mallaig is very pleasant
especially if the last section on the A830 is completed in
the evening when tourist traffic has subsided. On my
return I used the Lochaline ferry to Mull
My objective, as I have said, was the highest point on
CalMac run a ferry service to Rhum, Canna and Eigg but at
Rhum I had to transfer to a smaller ferry to land
I had pre booked accommodation in the farmhouse
bothy and the group of fellow visitors there looked
after me very well. The weather was not perfect but I
got over Hallival and Askival through a bit of mist.
Skye is of course just a short ferry trip from Mallaig to
Armadale and the Western Isles a rather longer trip
Clisham is the highest point on Lewis and as luck would
have it only a short cycle from the ferry terminal at
Tarbert. After achieving the high point on Lewis I
headed south through the unusual landscape of Harris to
Leverbough where I caught the pedestrian (and cycle)
ferry to north Uist (highest point Eaval).
I have to admit that Benbecula
was a bit of a disappointment.
The single track road was
busier than I would have
liked, the highest point
(Rueval) had to be achieved
by passing through a landfill
area. South Uist, Barra and
Eriskay however were
I was so lucky with the weather
Lochboisdale and Castlebay are of course linked to Oban by CalMac ferry.
I hope you have enjoyed this little virtual tour of the western isles.
Below is list of links which I hope may be of further interest.