After a night of luxury at the Balmacara Hotel (and a huge breakfast) the day started in pouring rain. This was to be repeated throughout the day, but at least the sun did pop out a few times. 100 mph winds, and snow, were forecast for the top of the Munros (over 3000 feet).
The two climbs were either side of the ferry. First was Bealach Ratagain at 339 metres (over 1100 feet), which is likely to be the highest on the whole route. The second, Bealach Udal, was 'only' 279 metres, but involved a steep section near the top that almost proved too difficult to push the bike up. I was pleased to be able to cycle most of these climbs, but the really steep sections were beyond me.
I'm camping tonight next to the Sligachan Hotel, where Bundy and I have been on two or three occasions on previous cycling trips. It's a welcome haven in an otherwise remote part of the island. The last three miles from Sconser were cycled in driving rain; it's annoying to arrive at the campsite wet, because there's no time, or facilities, to dry off before setting off the following day.
Tomorrow I'm staying with fellow Geographer Dave Fergusson, who lives in Uig.