The sun failed to appear for Rowan’s birthday but though cool, the morning wasn’t so misty. We enjoyed a lovely run along Little Loch Broom then around the corner into Gruinard Bay with a good view of the infamous island just 1km offshore… this was the victim of the ill considered anthrax experiment during World War II, only recently eradicated from the soil at vast expense.

A hilly ride past Loch Ewe brought us to the famous Inverewe gardens at Poolewe where we spent a relaxing afternoon touring the walled flower and produce garden illustrated in Rowan’s photograph before admiring the rock gardens and the shrubs.

Having carted our tent and cooking gear around, we were determined to use it at least once and this was a good opportunity with a good camp site in the village, handy for the shop and hotel. It was rather too chilly for our liking, but saved us from making the effort of cycling further after winding down for the day in the gardens. After christening our shiny new stove and pan set, we spent the evening in the nice warm hotel!