Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2

Day 33 - Lochcarron to Taagon

I follow the A890 north eastwards as I have been given some advice that this road is flatter compared to the other route out of Lochcarron following the coastline. The route is pretty flat but the wind is against me all the way to the junction with the A832. From here on the vehicle driving is abysmal but I make much faster progress. After narrowly being wiped out by a health authority ambulance, I take photos of the approach to Kinlochewe.

I passed the Caravan Club site and continued on to Taagon for the Behn Eighe campsite which was free for tents although the facilities were basic.

I put up my tent and cooked some food, and after this it rained for the rest of the day.

In the evening, I find that there are many times more midges here than anywhere else I have been to in Scotland so far, and as it turns out for the whole of the trip. There are so many that they form a grey swarm on the other side of the inner netting. I cannot leave the tent without letting lots of them in and having to spend 15 minutes afterwoods eliminating them.

Later in the trip, at the County Show in Orkney, I talk to a gentleman running the heritage and wildlife tent. He has knowledge of Behn Eigh and tells me that the area is well known for the numerous different species of dragonfly that feed on these midges.

An empty cream rice tin comes in handy during the night.

The distance travelled today was 32 miles.

Photograph of the view from the campsite at Taagon
View from the campsite at Taagon

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