Credit goes to my Edinburgh Airbnb host for recommending a day trip to Ullapool, which is waaaaaayyy north in the western part of the Scottish Highlands.
Getting there is a 1.5 hour bus ride (no trains) from Inverness and, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the views on the way are SPECTACULAR!
There are several Scottish bus operators offering routes every which way, but I think I hit the jackpot when I chose the small, D & E coach that left at 10:00 a.m. There were just a handful of other passengers on board, and they all very kindly offered me tips and chit-chat during the ride. One passenger asked the driver to slow down as we neared a lone “Handkerchief Tree” on the side of the road. Another couple urged me to take the “Small Isles” boat tour offered in Ullapool, even walking me to the ticket booth when we arrived.
As promised, the 1.5 hour boat ride was incredible. Our group saw exotic birds, two rare sea eagles, and plenty of seals sunning themselves on island shores.
Later in the afternoon, I sat on a bench by the water and struck up a conversation with a retired couple sitting next to me. We talked about the U.S. presidential election — everybody asks me how I’m going to vote — and their travels in India and Nepal. I don’t think they realized how old I am, because the woman asked if I was on a gap year after university. HA!
It must’ve been because I was wearing sunglasses and she wasn’t wearing ANY glasses. 🙂
Here are more photos from my day trip to Ullapool: