motoring: Clachtoll June 2005


  "Campaganza" - n., the collecting together of like-minded Elise owners (and subsidiaries thereof), arrays of tents, ultra-portable seating and cooking equipment, for the purposes of driving a long way into the wilderness and pitching camp in generally scenic locations; also, the general pursuit of good fun and good company with a smattering of nice driving routes thrown in for good measure.

Our route converged upon Iain's ranch near Culbokie (Black Isle) on Friday, then on Saturday wound over Struie Brae to Bonar Bridge, Brora, some random Goat Track to Kinbrace, and lunch at the hotel in Forsinard.  Back to Kinbrace, then Syre, Altnaharra, Lairg, Ledmore Junction, Lochinver, and Clachtoll.  We normally use the Shore Camp Site at Achmelvich but we had a dog with us this time (yes really) and so plumped for Clachtoll Beach Campsite, just up the road and just as nice a beach.

Sunday involved retracing to Ledmore Junction, then Ullapool, Dundonnell, Gairloch, Kinlochewe, Shieldaig, Applecross, Bealach na Ba, Lochcarron where we divided and the communal route essentially ended.  750 mile roundtrip, approx, from Central Scotland.

Read on for pictorial account of these three days from 3rd to 5th June 2005.

Motoring Leaves Run - 26 Oct
  Oulton - 15 Nov
  Knockhill - 29 Feb
  Clachtoll - June 2005

Note the grass growing out the middle of the road in the shots below...another infamous Iain Thomas Goat Track Special (if you are interested to find it...and if ground clearance is an issue I don't recommend runs from Lothbeg on the A9 just north of Brora, to Kildonan Lodge on the A897).  Both pics taken from the same vantage point, note the Scotch Mist rolling in... 


Once safely installed at Clachtoll camp site, we embarked on the carmag-style photoshoot, egged on by a local white settler (art teacher from Ellon, kindly suggested the location for the first shot below then offered his front garden for the second!).  The rocks in the background of pic 2 give Clachtoll its name - "split rock" or "rock with  hole in".  Credit to Graeme for suggesting the third "arty shot" through Kerry's spoiler to the twisty and cresty B869 beyond.


The mandatory beach BBQ was not long in sparking up, thanks to Iain, Kerry, Stu et al.  Cracking spot.  Look closely in the 2nd pic and you can see Lawrence returning to base camp having searched - in vain - for Orange network coverage to beam pics back to Team Scottish Elises!  Kerry helps dismantle a sizeable bit of driftwood to feed the camp fire.


A fiery sunset closed the day.  Sunday was cloudy, cooler and showery, but still managed to snap the 3rd shot below from the Shieldaig-Applecross road, overlooking the Inner Sound, Scalpay, and the Cuillin in the far distance.