Nethy Bridge to Tain, 120 km, 1,113 m climb. A day of many layers – vest, shirt with arm warmers, long sleeved shirt, windproof and waterproof, leg warmers and big gloves. Starting off at 0845, the temperature was 3C and the average for the day was 8C. The pass to get over today was Slochd to Inverness for lunch. Jen and I found the lunch stop, Velocity Cafe, after difficult navigation through the centre of Inverness. We arrived about 1300, had a good lunch, and off for the second leg to Dingwall and the Courtyard Cafe. Found it ok and arrived at 1500 as the others were leaving for Tain. Weather so far was cold, with little wind but short sharp showers. The final leg east to Tain was much more enjoyable than the first two, with more sunshine, blue skies, a following wind and very few showers. Views of the oil rigs in the firth were spectacular. Saw a wnderful double rainbow but avoided the shower associated with it. We arrived at the Royal Hotel in the middle of Tain at about 1700.
Tomorrow another big day to Bettyhill.