Take the road along the coast and stop off at the Rock Stop Cafe and Visitor Centre in Unapool. Here you will learn about the amazing landscape’s geological history as well as enjoy fine views over Loch Glencoul.
From here you can choose to continue north to North West Sutherland and Cape Wrath or take the A894 south. If you choose to drive south then your next stop should be the Bones Cave which got it’s name due to the number of animal bones discovered there in the 1800’s. Arctic Fox, brown bear and polar bear bones were excavated. There are three caves set in the northern crags of Beinn an Fhuarain and to reach them you need to follow the A837 and park 2 miles south of Inchnadamph at the Inchnadamph Hotel carpark. You then take the path upstream past the waterfall. As you cross the river the path can become quite steep. Nearby are the Traligill Caves, the deepest cave system in the country which you can also visit.
On the map this region looks like it is more water than land but the land is boastful and presents many different terrains. Munro’s recede and the incredible landscape of Assynt and Coigach comes into view. The hills here stand upright in the otherwise flat moorland in dramatic fashion. The area has been designated the Northwest Highland Geopark, which received UNESCO Geopark status in 2004.
From Inchnadamph take A837 to A9 and this will get you back to Edinburgh in around 5.5 hours. Or you can go back to Ullapool and return to Edinburgh via the A835 in a similar time.