Stage 26: Lairg to Tongue (38m)

Stage 26: Lairg to Tongue (38m)

This was an incredible stage through the remote wilderness called Sutherland to the Kyle of Tongue, an inlet on the North Coast.

The A-road (A836) that’s single-track with passing places

Boy did we get a break with the weather today. The dreadful downpours shown on the satellite images never materialised and we got away with just a couple of hours of drizzle. The pub, in the middle of nowhere, was a welcome sight at lunchtime.

The Crask Inn – Britain’s most remote pub

The landscape was remarkable because it was just a vast expanse of blanket bog, moorland and mountains. It’s known as the Flow Country and is one of Scotland’s most important natural resources. Mosses grow successfully up here because of the cool, wet conditions and have been growing for the last 11000 years since the last Ice Age. This has built up a blanket of peat thick enough to cover a double-decker bus! This layer stores nearly three times as much carbon as the whole of the UK woodland put together so is a vital defence against climate change.

Kyle of Tongue

The waitress at breakfast this morning told us there’d been fresh snow on the hills last night and that it wasn’t unusual for that to carry on until mid-June. Nearby, in Altnaharra, the weather station recorded the coldest temperature in Britain ever -27.2 degrees C on 30/12/95.

Sorry for the very nerdy blog but I got super excited by this stage today!


3,529 thoughts on “Stage 26: Lairg to Tongue (38m)

  1. I’m intrigued by the Peat blanket so keep those nerdy bits coming. Just keep the sea on your left from now on (or ‘moving forwards’ as the corporates would say) and you should be OK. Unless of course you don’t think you’ll make it to the end and you turn round to come home.

  2. Remember the remoteness of this stage so well and the endless miles of peat moorland as I searched till beyond dusk for places to camp.
    The only place I found was by the river just before the crask inn.

    I was more prepared the second time and planned it so that I rode straight through and camped nearer to the coast where I found a fantastic viewpoint.
    Such an exciting part of the journey now with just a few miles to go.
    The first time I couldn’t wait to finish and feel that triumphant feeling. The second time , as I knew how special it was, I kept slowing down and savouring every moment and just never wanting it to end.
    Sooh well done you two. You’re there now!! Epic !!!

  3. I am now making a prediction: you either are already or will be as soon as you are back home planning another epic cycle ride? You look and sound like you are having the time of your lives… fantastic job

  4. My son is at Tongue right now, 1.30pm Sun 25th Aug 2019. The thing is, will he turn left to Cape Wrath or right to John o’ Groats?? He’s going to both…..eventually! Then on to Orkneys. He left Land’s End 5th August.

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