There was no mad rush today as I only had a gentle meander back to Inverness. My only concern was whether I could find accommodation for the night back in Inverness, especially, considering it was a bank holiday. I decided I’d chance it anyway as I’d be able to find something.
Paul and Cameron said cherio and I watched with slight envy as they cycled away on their light bikes whilst I mounted my overloaded steed. I admired the views on the way back to Inverness and reflected on the 8 days I’d been on the road.
Given I have always been fascinated by the oil industry I was especially fascinated by the huge jack rigs which dwarfed the horizon. These things were huge and to think of the engineering that went into building them.
I arrived back in Inverness at around 1230 and eventually found accommodation at the Columba Hotel right in the centre. £90 for a single bedded room was difficult to swallow as I hadn’t spent much more than that for the whole week, but it was stress free and meant I could enjoy a final night out in Inverness before I headed home tomorrow.
I met Brian on Sunday morning at the bus station and he had sourced me a new bike box! Brian was a star and I thought it only appropriate to get him a voucher from the local camping shop so that he could buy himself a little something for when he goes on one of his cycling adventures.
I had a great 8 days cycling around the Highlands. The breathtaking scenery, the wild camping, friendly locals, no midges and courteous drivers all made for a great cycling trip. If I was to pick one highlight it would have to be the climb up the Bealach na Ba’ I really enjoyed it and I can still picture the views now.
If you are considering a trip then go for it as I think you too will be blown away by what the Highlands has to offer!