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Locations from Roads Less Travelled: West Highlands Part 2

Many of you will have watched the Adventure Show Special programmes, Roads Less Travelled: The West Highlands, presented by Cameron McNeish. The programmes are currently still available on the BBC iplayer.

This second of our galleries for the programmes features locations seen in the second episode. You can see the locations for the first episode on this link.

Aird of Sleat, Isle of Skye

Aird of Sleat
The second episode began on the Isle of Skye, with Cameron travelling to the Aird of Sleat and cycling the track down towards the Point of Sleat – before wildcamping nearby.

Kylerhea – Glenelg ferry

Kylerhea ferry
Cameron took his campervan back to the mainland by using the tiny Glenachulish turntable ferry across the narrows of Kylerhea. The jetty is the start point for a grand walk on the Kintail side, around Ardintoul Point, whilst the Skye side of the ferry is near the entrance to the Kylerhea Otter Haven.

Bealach na Sgairne, Kintail

Bealach na Sgairne
Cameron met up with Kintail NTS Ranger Willie Fraser for a walk from Morvich up to the dramatic and narrow pass of the Bealach na Sgairne.

Loch Maree

It was back to the packraft for a visit to Loch Maree, renowned as being amongst Scotland’s most beautiful lochs. Cameron visited the intriguing Isle Maree (see David Lintern’s recent article); landlubbers may have to make do with a walk around the Woodland Trail on the shores, or the through walk from Tollie to Slattadale.

Craig from Diabaig, near Torridon

The visit to Torridon began from the picturesque hamlet of Diabaig, and followed the coastal path to the former youth hostel at Craig, which is now a bothy. Cameron was accompanied by Lord Chris Smith who was once the warden at the hostel. The walk can be continued through to Red Point.

Melvaig Peninsula, near Gairloch

Rubha Reidh
Cameron joined up with a local Gaelic scholar to learn about placenames on a visit to the Melvaig Peninsula and Rubha (Rua) Reidh.

Gruinard Bay and Island

Travelling further round the coast Cameron reached Gruinard and its beautiful bay, looking across to the island which was deliberately contaminated by anthrax and only recently cleaned up.

Ullapool Hill

ullapool hill
The programme concluded in the town of Ullapool, capital of the Northwest Highlands. Cameron worked off his fish and chips with the short ascent of Ullapool Hill which has great views over the town.

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