28th July Corrieshalloch Gorge

About 25 –30 miles away from the site is the Corrieshalloch Gorge, now managed by the National Trust for Scotland. As it has been raining (extensively) for most of July we decided to use it to our benefit and go and view the 150ft waterfall that descends into the gorge, The Falls of Measach.

The Gorge!  Corrieshalloch Gorge Bridge  It's a long way down!

The ultimate drop in the gorge is 200ft and you are able to experience this when you stand on the suspension bridge that spans it.  If you suffer from vertigo, it is probably best avoided!

According to http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ullapool/corrieshalloch/index.html it was built in 1874 by Sir John Fowler.  As it is a suspended footbridge the maximum permitted traffic at any one time is six people due to the amount of sway you get when anyone walks on it.  Down below you can see the River Droma running through the gorge for one mile onwards to Loch Broom.

It was a beautiful place to visit with the spray from the waterfall trapped inside the gorge causing a mist to build.  There was also a viewing platform allowing you to go out into the gorge and take some impressive pictures.

Thankfully, the weather had been kind to us and it had stopped raining by the time we arrived so we were able to spend our time enjoying it (although we were both boiling as the biking gear is quite heavy) but we eventually got back on the bike and made our way back home.  On the way I (Angela) was made to hold the camera and film some of our journey.  I was a bit reticent at first but Dean rode slowly and I found I could still hold on safely, and surprisingly got some good footage.  When we figure out how to do it we’ll post some of it on here… it may need some editing first though!

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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