Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

The Main Road in the Western Highlands

Suilven, from the main road

Our trip to the north west corner of Scotland – and the furthest point of our journey from Switzerland this summer – took us deep into the Highlands. I’d heard many times of the remoteness of the places we’d be visiting and the vast emptiness, but only being there could really tell me what it was like. After leaving our previous stopping point near Loch Shin, much of the remaining hundred mile round trip to our destination was on a road like this.

The mountain in the distance – Suilven – is one of the famed Munros and one of the most distinctive peaks in the country. It’s one which I’d wanted to see in real life after watching Griff Rhys Jones’ ascent for his BBC series Mountain. Even after driving through the area in the comfort of a car, I can much better appreciate what a terrific achievement that was, particularly as it was achieved in winter.

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