Scottish scenes from the Rolfe’s travels

Norma and Rhys Rolfe have been travelling in Scotland, where they have enjoyed the wonderful scenery and country. “These pictures were taken on the Scottish 500, South of Ullapool,” writes Rhys.

The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile (830 km) scenic route around the north coast of Scotland, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. The route is also known as the NC500 and was launched in 2015, linking many features in the north Highlands of Scotland in one touring route.

“We are still a little early for the heather and other summer flowers on account of the unusually cold weather. The locals have assured us that this weather is unseasonal for this time of the year,” adds Rhys.

The Rolfes visited the town of Aultbea on Loch Ewe where convoys assembled during WW2 on their way to Russia and Murmansk. “We thought of Charles Johnston who was on the Atlantic Convoys at that time. We also saw the NATO refuelling depot on the same Loch,” says Rhys.

Loch Ewe is a sea loch in the region of Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The shores are inhabited by a traditionally Gàidhlig-speaking people living in or sustained by crofting villages, the most notable of which, situated on the north-eastern shore, is the Aultbea settlement.

With walking being very popular in this area, particularly on the wild rugged mountains, Norma and Rhys took some pleasant walks but no mountain climbing! Ullapool is a picturesque town where travellers take the ferry to Stornoway on Lewis, a major fishing port, with the harbour designed by Telford.

Comments (2)

  • What glorious scenery. The Rolfes were very lucky as the weather can be atrocious. We live in Manchester UK but our son lives in the Orcas Islands, Puget Sound. This time next year he is planning to drive the North Coast 500….just hope that the weather is better than today as we are suffering from Storm Caria

  • Thanks for your comment, Ian. I see that Storm Ciara, having left snow, heavy rains and strong winds in her wake, is now making was for Storm Dennis! Still time to batten down the hatches! Wishing you and your family safety.

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