Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse, Bikers, 7 Trees & Isle of Skye

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TUESDAY: DAY 19:  We were up at 8am & I got my Haggis for breakfast and we took the 8007 to ARDNAMURCHAN POINT to the LIGHTHOUSE. It was a long ( about a couple hours) but beautiful drive and sort of desolate. It is the most westerly point on Great Britian. These roads were narrow so Suzi or the other driver would have to pull over to the side of the road to let the other person go and usually with a wave. It was very Foggy when we arrived at the lighthouse but it made it look mysterious. Our guide took us up to the top and told us its history which was also built by the Stevenson family in 1849 and is the only one in the world designed in an EGYPTIAN Style and is 36 metres high. We saw the Engine Room, Foghorn, Keepers Cottages and Exhibition Centre.

Area at Ardnamurchan Point
While we were at the top, the fog lifted and it was clear and warm. The isles of MUCK, EIGG and RHUM were finally visible to us and what views they were!

We got back on the 8007 and I was videotaping the scenery when we went around a bend & there were some BIKERS off the right hand side of the road waving at us to stop. I thought "what the heck" , when all of a sudden a sheep passed in front of the car. Thank goodness they haulted us or we may have had some road kill! We saw the bikers on this road a couple times. They were behind us & Suzi would pull over & they waved us off. I think they did pass us once & then they let us pass again. We got on the A 861 North and stopped to see the 7 TREES located by Loch Moidart. This Row of Beech Trees represent the Seven Men of Moidart that were planted to celebrate the 7 men that accompanied Bonnie Prince Charlie on his journey during the 2nd Jacobite Rising in 1745.

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in the fog
It's believed they were planted in the early 19th century and only 5 of the original 7 are standing. They are in poor condition with the trunks decayed and rotted.  

We got the ferry in MALLAIG to the ISLE of SKYE. Guess who were on that same ferry and sat right behind us?! The 5 Bikers we saw earlier. I couln't help but keep looking because I was facing them. We should have talked to them but for me it was one of those- should've, could've would've things. We got off the ferry, drove down the road & stopped (for a couple of reasons) at what looked like a field area. One reason being Suzi used the phone to call home. lol I couldn't believe there was a phone in this field.

Suzi & I at the lookout

We found our B&B in Broadford for 3 nights! Yes, 3 nights of not packing! It was LIMESTONE COTTAGE & was the cutest ivy covered B&B! Our hostess was very nice & this was one of our favorites! Our 2nd floor room had a slanted ceiling with a sunroof above our heads. We went to the CLAYMORE RESTAURANT for dinner & I had Lamb roast with vegetables and hot chocolate cake for dessert. We were enjoying our meal when were heard the sound of (you guessed it!)  motorcycles ! We of course lifted ourselves to the window & saw the 5 of them pass by! We thought; this is a sign! lol

That night we walked down the road to the DUNOLLIE HOTEL to the CROWLIN BAR and of course it rained on the way down..  There were mostly couples and we were hoping to see the bikers there. We thought for sure we would see them again & get to talk to them. But Alas, it wasn't meant to be and we never saw them again. (sad face)

Aditu says:
Of course, we would have had to learn German, cause I'm pretty sure that was what Bors was speaking. lol.
Posted on: Oct 08, 2006
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road to Ardnamurchan
road to Ardnamurchan
Area at Ardnamurchan Point
Area at Ardnamurchan Point
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in the fog
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in the fog
Suzi & I at the lookout
Suzi & I at the lookout
Our view when we first got to the …
Our view when we first got to the…
The isles of Eigg, Muck & Rhum can…
The isles of Eigg, Muck & Rhum ca…
The fog lifts
The fog lifts
View directly beneath us
View directly beneath us
Ardnamurchan after the fog lifts
Ardnamurchan after the fog lifts
cow on the B8007 road
cow on the B8007 road
The 7 Men of Moidart- only 4 trees…
The 7 Men of Moidart- only 4 tree…
Another view of the 7 men
Another view of the 7 men
Sound of Arisaig
Sound of Arisaig
Sound of Sleet
Sound of Sleet
Loch Morar
Loch Morar
Our stop off the road on the Isle …
Our stop off the road on the Isle…
our room at Limestone with our lug…
our room at Limestone with our lu…
Ready to see the bikers or so we t…
Ready to see the bikers or so we …
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