Saturday 18 September 2010

Day 4 : Tongue to Lairg : 40 miles, still with sunny intervals

A brilliant day - what a difference 12 hours can make. Calm enough for the midges to fly and dry.
Above Tongue looking down on the Kyle of Tongue
A kind local guy, who helps take care of abused animals in a local croft (has 35 at present), offered to take this and wanted to make sure Tongue Post Office was visible in the picture.

Enjoyed a pint at the the Crask Inn after a 27 miles of mainly climbing and is great as it very close to the summit from north and south.

The sheer value and utility of bridges for opening up and enabling access can be so visibly seen on the largely single track A836. 
Now replaced by two lane bridge but most of the bridges are still single track. 
Down the road at Lairg, little Loch Shin is in front of Loch Shin hydro station (32MW - enough for 4,900 households which consume 3,300 kWh/annum) in background. According to Scottish and Southern Energy, the water level in Loch Shin was raised about 11 metres by the construction of Lairg Dam and Power Station. This concrete and embankment dam, which is 427 metres long and 12 metres high, was built where the natural loch narrowed

1 comment:

  1. Very jealous of the route!
    Wow what the hell have you got in all those bags?! No wonder the poor prop stand gave up the ghost...