When we returned from the Outer Hebrides in late June we had a couple of days to explore a little further north along the A835 which now forms part of the fiercely trendy NC500 route.
For me, the north west Highlands of Scotland have been the most spectacular in terms of landscape. It is beautiful, remote, empty and strange, particularly to eyes that are more used to the southern counties of the British Isles. It is also, geologically speaking, a different country. The rock found in the Outer Hebrides and NW Scotland is some of the oldest on earth at three billion years old. It is so distinctive that this area of Scotland has been declared a UNESCO Global Geopark, one of only 140 in the world.