Coast to Coast Road Trip: Dundee - Inverness -Ullapool

The evening I arrived in Dundee I had a great walk up the hill to The Law (Law being the Gaelic word for mound) This extinct volcano which commands fantastic views over the city down to the River Tay and beyond is a must see when visiting Dundee.

The following morning I took a walk through the city via The Howff, an ancient burial ground in the city centre. The land was granted to the city for use as a burial place by Mary Queen of Scots in 1564 and contains the most important collection of tombstones in Scotland. A beautiful place with wild overgrown flowers and trees amongst the ancient stones.

I then set off on my coast to coast road trip to Ullapool in the far north-west of Scotland. A journey of some 300 kilometres. I arrived in Ullapool in the the early evening and checked into my harbour front hotel and then had a stroll around the beautiful port town.

I stumbled upon a great bar/restaurant/bookshop called The Ceilidh Place up the hill away from the harbour front. This was my kind of place. The bookshop was still open at 9pm (in a small fishing village) and the food, beer and whisky selection was magic. Then I met The Fisherman.

He strolled into the bar and sat down next to me and proceeded to tell me about his evening. He had that look in his eye. He'd just come in from Loch Broom where he'd been tearing around up and down the coast looking for David Beckham and film director Guy Ritchie. They were holed up in a boat somewhere while they shot a whisky commercial. He naturally assumed there'd be a great party raging which he could gate crash. As they say in these parts "You couldnae make it up!".