Celebrating Cycling in Scotland….

After a few rear gear mech “mechanicals” which led to extended time in Thurso, I eventually set off on the journey South, arriving in the Highland capital, Inverness, 3 days later, Friday 15th May. Just enjoy these photos of a truly fine area for cycling and solitude….

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Free camping on common land is fine in Scotland – just leave no trace, apart from some flattened grass where your tent was pitched.  Back on the road by 7am…..

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Loch Naver, approaching Altnaharra in the early morning sun…

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Breakfast break, peanut butter on pitta bread, a banana and strong coffee…. before descending into Lairg….

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Where I came upon someone’s modest island home !…. good fun eh ?

But TubaTriking is all about contrasts – here we are in Inverness, cold rain having lashed down for 2 hours, trying to cross an urban intersection at a busy roundabout…. not recreational…

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I made it in the end and was soon warming up in a hot bath (Photo on request) at my hosts Brian and Lou, at their Culloden home, about 4 miles east of Inverness… The photo below was taken a couple of days later, before heading off for Elgin…Louandbrianhome

The journey South from Thurso to Inverness – around 120 miles –  was pretty much cycletouring at its best.  I hope this gives you a flavour of the joys of journeying in this way…..