Without doubt the West coast of Scotland is now my most favourite place in the UK for breath-taking coastal scenery. John o' Groats and Dunnet Head soon followed. With the spirit of adventure running high we decided that we'd not travelled far enough North so took the ferry to Orkney, spending a night there and visiting the Brough of Birsay at 59ยบ 8' North. Once back on the mainland we travelled down the East coast courtesy of the A9. We'd been spoilt over the previous week by the distinct lack of traffic. Any traffic we had encountered being easily passed. On the approach to Inverness this all changed, traffic levels began to rise with opportunities to overtakes reducing by the mile. At this point we decided to skirt round Inverness taking in the A82 alongside Loch Ness and Loch Lochy, en route to Fort William and the camp site at Glen Nevis, the base for our last night together. Mark set off for home the next morning and I donned my walking boots and headed for the summit of Ben Nevis.
The SAM Observer November 2011
The November 2011 edition of "The SAM Observer"