A 7 Day Road Trip Through Rural Scotland – From Ullapool Northward

The Scotland Road Trip Map
The route, color coded by day, I took during my road trip through the Highlands.

In Part I and Part II of this series I shared with you the adventures and experiences of my first three days on the road. This included the trip from Edinburgh through Glen Coe to Ratagan before outlining my second day which was dedicated completely to the Isle of Skye. The third day documented the voyage from Skye up along the western coast to the small town of Ullapool.  In this post we pick up where I left off as I leave Ullapool and continue my exploration of the jagged, and largely empty, north western coast of Scotland. Impatient?  Jump to the fourth and final post in this series.

African Sunset Over Samfya Lake – Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo

Sunset over Samfya Lake

Located in the northern part of Zambia there’s a lake that literally stretches beyond the horizon. It’s a shallow lake – often little more than four meters deep but that lack of depth does little to reduce its feel and character. In many ways it would be easy to confuse with an inland sea. Only this sea varies up to 1.5 meters in depth depending on if it is wet or dry season and is fresh water.

Our visit began late in the afternoon eager to catch the sunset after hearing that it was one of the must-see sights in the region. I’m glad we did. The Zambians had begun to burn a few weeks earlier and the sky was laden with a tolerable, but still visible, layer of smoke. The result was what you see in this photo – a sky on fire awash in rich oranges, reds, and golds. What you can’t see in this photo was the crescent moon and planet which were also brightly visible over the water during the last throes of the sunset. One of the things that really struck me was how the sky and water blended together. For about 20 minutes it was impossible to distinguish between where the calm-as-glass water met the sky….the only indications were the small boats which looked as though they were pushing their way across the clouds. A magical moment!

Would you like to see previous Friday Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.