Europe | United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain | Scotland | Outer Hebrides – Day 19 – Taobh Tuath
Got up suprisingly early to more sun – suprisingly! Headed off doon sooth… nothing particularly exciting – rocky hills, moorland, lochs… the usual! Things got more interesting as a sign politely welcomed me to Harris and a bloody big hill! The winding road passed through strikingly rugged scenery, a fine example of Lewisian gneiss, some of the oldest rock in the world… apparently!
I get quite a few encouraging toots from passing motorists as I weave my way up the mountainside. After several miles of rock the road passes closer to the ocean and some welcome blue views. Decending into Tairbeart (Tarbert) I stock up on food (Tomorrow is Sunday!) and make the climb out of the village. There are great views along the rocky coast, small islands jutting out of the ocean – the Isle of Sky way out on the horizon. The east coast continues more in this vein so I decide to stick to the main road and head for the west. In stark contrast this side of the island has lush, green fields leading down to lovely white, sandy beaches and the deep blue ocean with views across the sound to the Isle of Taransay with it’s round, blue hills topped by little fluffy clouds.
I coast along for a few more miles enjoyihng the sun but it’s about 7pm and last nite is starting to catch up with me Thinking I’ve passed all the beaches I stop off at Taobh Tuath (Northton) and ask where I should camp… luckily there is a beach at the end of the village with great views across the Sound of Harris to various small islands… I fall asleep watching the sunset.