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

Day 34 - Taagon to Poolewe

This morning there were thousands of midges about, and I prepared myself before going outside to start packing up my things to leave. I put on my midge net, full length clothing and sprayed my hands, now the only bare skin left, with repellant. This worked wonderfully and I could relax as I packed up everything onto the bike.

As I packed up the tent, always the last item to go on the bike, I could see the inside of the outer flysheet was almost black with dead midges.

From Taagon I cycled the short distance back to Kinlochewe for the local shop. Here I had breakfast outside and checked my phone again - no signal for another day.

I cycled on towards Gairloch where I stopped for lunch and noticed posters advertising a ceilidh in Poolewe this evening. I carried on then to Poolewe.

Here I set up camp at the Camping and Caravnning Club site called Inverewe. This cost £5 per night.

The distance travelled was a rather disappointing 26 miles.

In Poolewe I had a good look round and ended up in the Slioch outdoor shop. Here I bought some more moskito coils. I was recognised by the woman shopkeeper, who had seen me arrive at the campsite.

I took a Slioch brochure with me as they make some rather good looking outdoor clothing to size, being 6'4" tall this could be useful to me in the future.

The music for the ceilidh in the evening was provided by a group of 12 or so very talented young musicians. For one of the dances, I danced with the flute player who told me that she was 5'11" tall, and only 17 years old.

The lady running the teas and bicuits in the kitchen was the woman running the Slioch outdoor shop, and she recognised me again! I am wondering if this village is like the TV sketch where one man runs everything in the whole village - the post office, the hotel, the shop etc. I ask her about local people leaving for college or university and not coming back and she says that that is a definitie problem here. She affectionately suggests that they should perhaps stay instead and learn how to sew! (for her company).

Photograph of my tent at the Beinn Eighe Campsite in Taagon
Beinn Eighe Campsite, Taagon

Photograph of a house and some mist covered hills in the background
A house and some mist covered hills

Photograph of Victoria Falls in Scotland
Victoria Falls

Photograph of a boat and some mist covered hills in the background
A boat and some mist covered hills

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