And so we headed west towards the distant hills on the first day of our North Coast 500 adventure.
A beautiful late summer morning with hay bales ready for collection as we headed for what would be our first overnight stay in Torridon.
After we'd met a couple at Chanonry Point, who'd shown us pictures of leaping salmon at Rogie Falls, we planned a stop on the way. Unfortunately there no salmon to be seen but it is a lovely spot with a great little viewing bridge so they are obviously in there. Maybe it is too late in the season?
There are tremendous views across Applecross bay to Raasay, Skye and Rona. There was so much colour in front of us leading to blue/grey hills in the distance. A delightful lunch was served to us in the Applecross Inn by the 2016 'Landlady of the Year'.
We'd had some wonderful family holidays here and it hadn't changed - the bench seat was still by the front door! Apparently the Manse is now part of the Applecross Trust.
Leaving Applecross on the way to Sheildaig we passed Sand with its big sandy beach. We'd remembered the huge seashells we used to see washed up on the tide. They were still plentiful.