Geo-Trips :: The Loch Hope Road (part 1)

Loch Hope, Sutherland

A drive from Hope Lodge (12 km west of Tongue), Wed, 24 Jun 2015 by David Purchase

This trip is part of a series.next leg

The Loch Hope Road is a 32 km (20 mile) minor road in Sutherland, connecting the A838 with Altnaharra on the A836. The A838 is the main route along the north-west coast of Scotland, and the A836 connects Lairg and Tongue (and then heads east to Thurso).

The Loch Hope Road itself, designated C1034, is single track and has very few passing places. Perhaps fortunately, it also has few residents! Apart from them, the main users are fishermen, and walkers wishing to climb Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro. During the four hours of this drive I met only three vehicles coming the other way. One was the post office van.

I thought it would be interesting to record a chain of photos along this road. This sequence is, with very minor exceptions, in north to south order. The last few squares (near Altnaharra) had to be left to the next day, and so have been included in Part 2.

The single most interesting object on the road is the Dun Dornaigil Broch, in NC4545. You may wonder why that is not shown here. That is because there were several photos already on site.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NC4760 : The start of the Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The start of the Loch Hope road
Here, near Hope Lodge, the Loch Hope road leaves the main A838.

NC4759 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road
Looking towards Ben and Loch Hope.

NC4758 : Loch Hope from the road by David Purchase
Loch Hope from the road

NC4757 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road
Part of Braesgill Farm on the left.

NC4756 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road
Looking north.

NC4755 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4754 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4653 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4652 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4652 : Small bay on Loch Hope by David Purchase
Small bay on Loch Hope
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4651 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4551 : The southern end of Loch Hope by David Purchase
The southern end of Loch Hope
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4550 : The head of Loch Hope by David Purchase
The head of Loch Hope
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4549 : In Strath More by David Purchase
In Strath More
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4548 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4647 : Strath More by David Purchase
Strath More
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4647 : The path up Ben Hope from Muiseal by David Purchase
The path up Ben Hope from Muiseal
From the car park on the Loch Hope road. The sign says "Way up Ben... more

NC4646 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4545 : Alltnacaillich, on the Loch Hope road by David Purchase
Alltnacaillich, on the Loch Hope road
When I climbed Ben Hope for the second time, in 1987, I started at Muiseal, the... more

NC4544 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4543 : Strath More by David Purchase
Strath More
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4542 : The Loch Hope road, looking north by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road, looking north
A cloud-enshrouded Ben Hope is on the right.

NC4642 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4641 : A (fairly) new bridge on the Loch Hope road by David Purchase
A (fairly) new bridge on the Loch Hope road
On a minor road such as this, the council did not go to the unnecessary expense of... more

NC4741 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4840 : The Loch Hope road by David Purchase
The Loch Hope road

NC4740 : Country below Cnoc a' Chraois by David Purchase
Country below Cnoc a' Chraois
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4839 : Country near Loch Meadie by David Purchase
Country near Loch Meadie
The lower slopes of a distant Ben Hee, seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC4939 : Loch Meadie by David Purchase
Loch Meadie
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

NC5138 : Lower slopes of Cnoc an Alltain Leacaich by David Purchase
Lower slopes of Cnoc an Alltain Leacaich
Seen from the Loch Hope road.

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