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Picture of a cloud covered mountain behind some trees The clouds from my arrival in Wester Ross hadn't disappeared, in fact, they had turned worse with frequent showers. As I had enough time left in the week I decided to take it easy and spent a large part of the morning in the Kinlochewe Hotel lounge reading a book, YesMan by Danny Wallace. Around lunchtime I had almost finished the book and said yes to getting out a bit.

My first stop was the Beinn Eighe visitor centre for some further information about the area. Beinn Eighe (pronounced Ben Ay) itself was mostly hiding in the clouds, not too much to see in this weather. It brightened up a little bit for a short time when I stopped at the car park for the mountain trails a not far down the road. I didn't go on to the walks, just had a quick look to Slioch (981m/3,218ft). Climbing this Munro was one of my main goals for the week, but I was hoping for better weather for it.

Picture of a panoramic view of a mountain over a loch (lake)
Picture of a view over a lake, sky covered by clouds I continued along Loch Maree, occasionally stopping if the weather permitted it. Clouds were moving in again, soon covering the summit of Slioch again.

After a while the road left the shores of Loch Maree and turned west to cross over to Gairloch at Loch Gairloch, a sea loch. Gairloch stretches over almost 2 miles along the shore, my first stop was at small harbour, where I bought a newspaper to read during a quick lunch.

Next stop was the viewpoint at Caisteal na Cloinne, nice views over Gairloch and the beaches could be enjoyed from here. Well, at least for a time until the next shower made me run back to the car to keep the camera dry...
Picture of a small harbour Picture of a coastal village
Picture of a beach in a bay under a cloudy sky
Picture of a lighthouse Despite the weather not showing any signs of improvement I decided to drive out to Rubha Rèidh, as it was still fairly early in the afternoon. Up to Melvaig the road, while single track, wasn't too bad. After Melvaig the road gets really narrow, not something I would want to drive with a big car.

In better weather it's probably quite nice to walk, but not so much on a wet and windy day. Arriving at Rubha Rèidh lighthouse I parked my car in a little area a few hundred yards before the lighthouse and walked from here to explore the area a little bit. Walking out to the jetty it brightened up for a short period, giving me a glimpse of the hills of Assynt in the distance.

Driving back I caught a brief glimpse of the sun breaking through the clouds and reflecting brightly on the sea. A good omen for the next day?
Picture of a rocky shore Picture of a ray of sunlight over the sea

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