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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.
We left Inverness, the Black Isle, and Dornoch Firth at the eastern coast behind us. Now we are off the heavy traffic motorways.
Inland at last. We are reaching Bonar Bridge and Lairg.
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.
Weather is getting worse, but the more awesome the mountains do appear.
'Ben Klibreck' in sight.
It's an old Scottish saying that each glen boasts of its own weather.
Castle Varrich and the Kyle of Tongue in the distance.
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.