Hallelujah, it has stopped raining! Taking every opportunity we can now we got out and rode out to Rubha Reidh Lighthouse, north of Gairloch. It was built in 1910-1912 and up until 1962 the only way to access it was either by boat or pony. The road now is fine underfoot but undulates an awful lot and you certainly wouldn’t want to go on it after a heavy night out!
Another oddity is there are two bridges along the way with a maximum weight of 7.5 tonne but the final bridge is 18 tonne….how would anything 18 tonne reach it?
It was good riding practice for Dean as there are quite a few hairpin bends to contend with, but he did well and we got there safely. Having parked up we wandered around the headland from where the lighthouse gets its name. As we learnt from the pamphlet available there, ‘Rubha Reidh’ is Gaelic for ‘smooth point’ and is derived from the rock formations that occur here where the rock slabs run down into the sea.
Today the views were stunning as it was a clear day with only a little wind (using Highland standards) and you could see the Western Isles in the distance, but we wouldn’t want to be there in bad weather as it gets the full force of the Atlantic storms.
Having taken a load of photographs we set off back, stopping off in Gairloch at the Mountain Cafe for soup and coffee. Afterwards we set off back to the site ready for work at 3pm…and what a surprise it has started to rain again!