The Sunday Drive

  • St Lawrence's Parish map

    Take a journey through some of Britain's most spectacular scenery...

    The beautiful 200 mile round trip starts in Dingwall, going to Gairloch then up the west coast to Ullapool, before returning to Dingwall. The journey takes in some truly magnificent scenery. Thumbnail images can be clicked for larger versions.

    Click the arrow on the right to begin...

  • Dingwall

    A visitor to the parish could attend Mass at 10am in St. Lawrence's, Dingwall or drive on, through Contin and Garve, at a distance of approx. 12 miles. After Garve turning left towards Achnasheen passing Strathbran near Achanalt and skirt Loch Na Chroiseach, down Glen Docherty and into Kinlochewe, passing Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree and on to Gairloch for mass at 2.30pm.

    Rogie Falls

    Approx. 10 miles from Dingwall, the Falls of Rogie are spectacular when in full spate. The river Blackwater - so called because of the murkiness of its waters - is a fertile breeding habitat for wild salmon.

    Rogie Falls image 1 Rogie Falls image 2

  • Achnasheen

    A peacock at Achnasheen Achnasheen

    You can easily imagine how at home peacocks feel in this beautiful scenery, which shows forth the glory of God.

    Glen Docherty

    Glen Docherty's beautiful colours are different every time you drive down the Glen.

    Glen Docherty Glen Docherty

  • Loch Maree

    Slioch, a spectacular mountain on the side of Loch Maree, can be best viewed from the carpark on the right going up the hill.

    Slioch Loch Maree Victoria Falls

    Approximately 10 miles after Glen Docherty, the road passes the rather aptly named Victoria Falls. These falls aren't quite as spectacular as their African counterpart, but are still well worth a look!

    Gairloch

    Gairloch's beach has beautiful views of the Isle of Skye and the Summer Isles off the West Coast.

    Gairloch Beach

  • The West Coast

    Should anyone driving through this landscape be a stranger to the experience of prayer, he need only open his eyes, raise his mind and heart to God and say thankyou.

    Ben Mor Coigach and Ben Ghobhlach Ben Ghobhlach Little Loch Broom

    Gruinard Bay

    Gruinard Bay is a sheltered bay approx. 15 miles from Gairloch. The white sands here are completely unspoiled, and when the tide is fully out, one can walk miles along the seashore, past the small islets that dot the bay.

    Gruinard Bay Gruinard Bay

  • Destitution Road

    The road follows the shoreline of Little Loch Broom past the Dundonnel Estate and up onto desolate moorland.

    Destitution Road

    Corrieshalloch Gorge

    This spectacular mile-long gorge is 200ft deep. The river plunges 150ft over the Falls of Measach. There is a suspension bridge a little way downstream from the falls and a further vantage point looking up towards the falls.

    Corrieshalloch Gorge

  • Ullapool

    Ullapool is a fishing village on the coast of Loch Broom, a sea-loch. Ferries to the Outer Hebrides leave from here. The harbour is full of charter and private fishing vessels, which shows the influence fishing has on the village.

    Ullapool Ullapool

    Dingwall

    A visitor returning from Ullapool to Dingwall, especially in the dark of winter, would be faced by many a stag or roe deer wandering off the crags and hills on to the road. During the Summer months, however, the very bright nights give beautiful sunsets and views of Ben Wyvis.

    Coeli enarrant gloriam Dei
    The heavens declare the glory of God
    Psalm 18