Two weeks ago we set off for ten days camping in Scotland’s outer hebrides and we wanted to share few snaps and highlights of the trip.
We started off in the Cairngorms staying one night by Loch Garten. It was a great relief to get there after an eight hour drive and we enjoyed a tasty meal cooked by the lake. The next morning we went for a dip (it counts if you go as deep as your ankles right?) in the Loch, which woke us up nicely! Then we headed on our way to Ullapool.
Our next destination was north of Ullapool in a remote village called Achiltibuie. We stayed at Port a Bhaigh Campsite that has a great view of the bay and there’s lots of smaller beaches dotted around nearby. We cycled along the coastal road to explore the local area, stopping every five minutes to admire the incredible views.
The next day we took the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Driving south to Harris through the winding roads and rolling hills to camp near the stunning Luskentyre beach. We stayed at Horgabost campsite, the perfect location for exploring South Harris. Cycling over to Scarista beach, stopping off at The Anchorage Restaurant in Leverburgh for a seafood lunch.
We spent two nights at Horgabost then drove back to North to the Isle of Lewis via a very important stop – Isle of Harris Distillery. At Something Nice, we try and shop locally ? so stocked up on Isle of Harris Gin, infused with sea kelp (sounds odd but it’s tastes incredible). The distillery recommend grapefruit as the garnish, which goes down very nicely!
We also made another stop at a golden eagle viewpoint and saw a couple in the distance (no pics, sorry), but we were treated to one flying about 10 metres above us while we had dinner that night, quite a sight!
That night we wild camped at a place called Cliff at the top of, you guessed it, a cliff. It had amazing views out at the sea, didn’t see any wales or dolphins but saw plenty of sea birds. We spent the next two days eating hand dived scallops from The Scallop Shack and smoked salmon from Uig Lodge Smokery. South West Lewis was definitely a highlight of our trip, the landscape was stunning and Ross even had a dip in the sea which apparently wasn’t that cold ?.
After that we headed back to the mainland, travelling South from Ullapool along the coastal road. You pass so many incredible views; mountains, beaches, towns and loch’s. It was a great way to see the area. We went for a canoe around Loch Maree, you can get out to the islands in the centre and wild camp but we weren’t brave enough for that so just circled them in our canoe instead.
We then travelled down to Applecross, staying there for the night and having dinner at the Applecross Walled Garden. This was a beautiful place, we walked through the Victorian walled garden and the food in the restaurant was delicious. The seafood was caught from the bay nearby and vegetables grown in the garden itself.
The trip ended by travelling down further through the town of Lochcarron via the UK’s third highest road (which was a little bit scary at places) and then onto the picturesque town of Plockton for lunch before stopping off at Loch Lomond and making our way back home.
It really was amazing camping in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides and great to experience wild Scotland. It must be tough living in such remote places, but when the sun’s shining over a white sandy bay and there’s nobody in sight, it must be worth it!