From Lairg to the Most Northern Point of the Mainland

 

A836 is one of Scotland's dream roads. -

It starts soon after Bonar Bridge and is a long lonely ride up to Tongue. Neither radio nor mobile do work on this single-track-road. From Tongue you follow the coastal road via John o'Groats to the eastern coast.

 

 

We left Inverness, the Black Isle, and Dornoch Firth at the eastern coast behind us. Now we are off the heavy traffic motorways.

Rast

Inland at last. We are reaching Bonar Bridge and Lairg.

Nord

 

Behind Lairg begins the long, lonesome single-track. The rules are quite simple here:

The first to reach a 'Passing Place' stops to give room to oncoming traffic. The passing driver signals his thanks by hand sign.

Einsamkeit

Weather is getting worse, but the more awesome the mountains do appear.

mystische Berge

 'Ben Klibreck' in sight.

noch ein Berg

 It's an old Scottish saying that each glen boasts of its own weather.

nahe Kyle

Castle Varrich and the Kyle of Tongue in the distance.

Castle Varrich

We make a short detour.

It was built some time in the 11th century...

...and is owned by the Mackays, who still have the majority here - Mackay county.

The castle is not really much - all the more so is the view on the Kyle of Tongue.