Day 290: Gairloch to Camustrolvaig – Two Lochs Radio & Ivor’s Bothy

Ross-shire - West, Scotland

Date of walk: 15/4/19

Baosbheinn and Beinn Dearg landskein beyond Sheildaig, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Trio of Oystercatchers, Big Sand, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Beinn Alligin from Smithstown, Wester Ross, Scotland.

The road to Big Sand, Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Shimmer, Big Sand, Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Big Sand, Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Melvaig and the road to Rubha Reidh, Wester Ross, Scotland.

2.29 pm, The Minch, Wester Ross, Scotland.

2.31 pm, The Minch, Wester Ross, Scotland.

An otter crossing the road to Rubha Reid Lighthouse, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Near Rubha Rèidh, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Fishing boat from Rubha Rèidh, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Rua Reidh Lighthouse overlooking The Minch, Wester Ross, Scotland.

The jetty and rails used to bring in the building materials for construction of Rua Reidh Lighthouse at high tide, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Stac Buidhe, Camas Mor, Wester Ross, Scotland.

Spreading wildfire over the Greenstone peninsula. In a few days I’d walk through the charred landscape of still smouldering peat and heather, the fence posts burnt to stumps. Wester Ross, Scotland. Ben Mor Coigach in the distance.

Ivor’s Bothy, where I spent a very cosy night, with the distant peaks of Sail Mhòr and An Teallach, Wester Ross, Scotland.


Fence post lamprey.

Chatting with Anne Grey at Two Lochs Radio about my walk, Gairloch.

Guests on Two Lochs Radio are asked to read the weather forecast. I’ve always wanted to do that!

The weather report!

Outside Two Lochs radio.

Two Lochs Radio. Britain’s smallest commercial radio station, and community broadcaster.

The daily ritual of collecting water at the closest burn before setting up camp. Three litres lasts me for dinner and the following morning’s breakfast.

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8 thoughts on “Day 290: Gairloch to Camustrolvaig – Two Lochs Radio & Ivor’s Bothy”

  1. Winifred Wilson says:

    Wonderful, words fail me! Layer upon layer of hills, rocks, colours.

  2. Big Sand was aptly named I thought! I really enjoyed this one including the walk out to the lighthouse (the previous owners used to be ferocious about anyone going there that wasn’t staying there, but fortunately gone now). Wonderful shot of the otter, you did well to see it.

    Going on Two Lochs radio looks amazing. I did see the studio and put it on the radio when I was in the area. Great they let you (made you?) do the weather too! Two Lochs Radio used to compete with Radio Scilly (now Islands FM) on the Isles of Scilly as to whose station was the smallest!

    • I was warned about the lighthouse too. There was even a council notice stating the path was public and a number to call if any trouble! Two Lochs was great fun and Anne was lovely.

  3. kevan hubbard says:

    Ivor’s Bothy looks pretty basic although obviously you can’t see inside but I’m guessing similar to the outside but less windy!

    • Surprisingly it’s very comfortable, great library, comfy chair and lots of food! I’ll share a video and pic of the interior in tomorrow’s post.

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