The Back Way Between Armadale & Broadford

17 02 2017

Despite the road between Armadale and Broadford being a good, fast road (something I love), last time we came from the ferry at Armadale, Richard spotted this back road on the map which looked to take a more interesting detour – it did! This road, if driven in the direction of Armadale to Broadford, yields superb views of the Black Cuillin and the Red Hills…

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The Cuillin and Blaven start to come into view

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Richard’s digi-photo of Blaven and the Red Hills lining up

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Blaven and the spiky Clach Glas ridge on its right

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Tarskavaig with Blaven behind

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Black Cuillin ridge behind the Tarskavaig peninsula

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Looking back to Tarskavaig Bay

Leaving Tarskavaig, the road continues around to Ord before going back to join the main road. There are still superb views across the ragged and indented coastline to the mighty Cuillin Ridge…

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Some more of Richard’s digi-photos, including a great zoom of Blaven and Clach Glas…

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Never seen Garsbheinn look so sharp!

While these views of the Cuillin aren’t quite the equal of those from Elgol, I think they come pretty close myself.

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9 responses

26 02 2017
Mark

It’s 40 years since I cycled this road and I’ve no memory of the scenery. Kind of strange given I’m sure the weather was clear. Thanks for the reminder.

The MBA we’re looking at restoring the ruins at Dalavil of this road into a bothy. It didn’t go ahead due getting entangled with funding requirements of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The MBA isn’t a heritage organisation.

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19 02 2017
chrissiedixie

I’m pretty sure we went round there in the old motorhome back last May…. Anyway, your photos look pretty fine to me!

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19 02 2017
mountaincoward

anywhere round that road would be a superb place for camping van camping 🙂

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19 02 2017
Blue Sky Scotland

It’s a great wee road for cycling that as well as most folk drive straight past that minor loop and the views are lovely with really quiet tarmac, not always something you get in Skye during the summer months. Gleann Meadhonach is pretty special in that area as well and really remote. Great photos.

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19 02 2017
mountaincoward

I think it would be too hilly for me to cycle – I’m pretty wet when it comes to hills and generally get off and walk!

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18 02 2017
underswansea

Rugged country. Looks like lots of places to explore.

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18 02 2017
mountaincoward

Skye is superb for exploration – must easily be the best Scottish island – lots of variety

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18 02 2017
tessapark1969

Definitely some good views there, though the ones from Elgol are hard to beat.

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18 02 2017
mountaincoward

Yeah, they are the classic views – nicer beaches on this one though 😉

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