Overnight Drive North

I haven’t posted in a while as I’ve been away for three whole weeks (followed by the usual pile of laundry, taming the garden which has become a jungle in our absence and so on). We spent a week in the Outer Hebrides followed by two weeks in Wester Ross in the far north west of Scotland.

When the children were little we regularly drove overnight to the North of Scotland for holidays. It meant that they slept at the right time (both travelled well and usually dozed for much of the journey). Before we learnt the overnight drive trick it was impossible getting them to sleep the first night of the trip! We were tired for the first day but soon caught up on missed sleep. It became part of the adventure.

These days when it’s just the two of us (not forgetting the dog) we haven’t bothered but this trip involved being at Uig on the Isle of Skye on time for our booked ferry crossing to Lochmaddy on North Uist so we decided to share the overnight drive once again.

It worked a treat. There was absolutely no traffic. There seems to be a massive increase in the number of camper vans, including many hired ones, on the road this year as people look for alternatives to holidays abroad when COVID travel restrictions are still in force. By the time we set off they were all parked up for the night – the further north we got , the more we saw in the lay-byes we passed.

We also got to see things we never would have seen on a daytime drive.

There were red deer everywhere, grazing on the roadsides

We also came across this group of wild goats.

And as the sun rose the morning mist lay in the valley below us. Spectacular!

We made good time and crossed the bridge over to Skye early in the morning.

We stopped briefly in Broadford to refuel and then on to Uig on the north east of Skye. We passed this rocky pinnacle, The Old Man of Storr, on the way.

We arrived in good time for our ferry. This was the first time we’ve taken Buddy the dog on one of the large ferries – there is a specific area of the passenger deck for people with their dogs. He was a very good boy and slept under our seats for most of the crossing. Later that afternoon we arrived in Lochmaddy, North Uist and drove to our accommodation for the week. We were met by the owner, Heather, who showed us around. We were staying in part of her large bungalow which has been split to include a self catering apartment – it was absolutely lovely, with every comfort. Let the holiday begin!

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8 thoughts on “Overnight Drive North

  1. What a great trip. I loved our week on the Isle of Skye, we went to Uig and just went on the ferry and straight back again for the fun of it! My friends have just gone all the way from Dorset in their camper van to the Shetlands!

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  2. It looks very mysterious with the wild goats and deserted views – how lovely!! Just the other day I was chatting with a friend about travelling on holiday in the UK when we were children – Mums and Dads left ‘in the middle of the night’ (probably late evening, but as kids it was sooooooo late nd we were usually in our pjs), drove hours, reached destinations with us having slept for the journey and the parents totally exhausted as they’d stayed awake all night. Such happy memories of simple holidays, without the hassle of being the grown ups and map reading and putting up tents in the rain – well, that was our luck mostly!

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    1. The deer disappear into the mountains by day but are everywhere at night. Overnight travel is all part of the fun I think. We used to stop at Hamilton Services which was open 24 hours for drinks and toast (strong coffee for the adults). We’ve never done much camping – I’ve occasionally had a weekend under canvas, but no more than that.

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