Europe | United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain | Scotland – Day 4 – Dingwall to Bonar Bridge
I woke up to my first photography lesson in lighting for the day… those blue hills hadn’t exactly disappeared but instead turned to a misty and somewhat undramatic green… it was drizzling so I dozed and I think I finally left around 9am – quite late for me these days!
Carried on further downhill and vowed to take it easy today. It was fairly uneventful British countryside that I passed through up to Dingwall where I stopped to have my lunch in the park… in the rain… as I headed out of town on a back road parallel to the A862 it really started to pour… I concentrated on the rain hitting the road in front of me… luckily it didn’t last too long and then I had to change and slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat… just in time for the next shower!
I headed north along the B9176 over heathered moor land, I stopped by a little road that leads to a seat overlooking Dornoch firth where I met Luc and Anouk waiting for the right light (my second photography lesson!). Luc showed me some of his pics and they were absolutely amazing… I got his web address (http://www.multimania.com/lucgiard) as well as some advice on which route to take north and headed on down to Bonar Bridge.
There are nice views all the way down over the water… was shouted encouragement from some people sitting outside a pub enjoying a beer in the sun (lucky bastards!)… looking for a place to camp… after a couple of tries at farms, finally knocked on a door where lo and behold it was the people from the pub AND Luc and Anouk… small world! They (Pete and Reay) invited me in… said I was welcome to camp… gave me beer (yay!)… as it was I met all the family, including Granny, who was an absolute blast, was invited for dinner and a bed in the spare room. Had a great time!