27th July Rubha Reidh Lighthouse

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!

Rua Reidh Lighthouse

Rua Reidh Lighthouse

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.

Rua Reidh Lighthouse

Rua Reidh Lighthouse

Rua Reidh Lighthouse

Rua Reidh Lighthouse

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.

This is calm!

This is calm!

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!

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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1 Response to 27th July Rubha Reidh Lighthouse

  1. David & Jean says:

    Many thanks for your info and travel journal. You really did get about. Where to start? You really have given us just what we needed. Thanks very much again.

    All the best and regards

    David & Jean

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