I got to sleep super early ready for an early start. Missing the first ferry of the day was not an option! In the morning I packed up in record time and was on the road just before 7.
It was only about 5 miles, so I had plenty of time to get to the ferry. I knew they'd be a little waiting room thingy and I needed to use - how can I put it - "The facilities" as there were obviously none where I was camping!
A gradual trickle of walkers, cyclists, the odd car and the inevitable camper van brigade arrived. It was very cold so I stayed in the waiting room with a bunch of cheery Italians.
The ferry was slightly larger than the Eriskay - Barra one and had a proper indoor area which I was extremely grateful for! It also had a coffee machine for a couple of warming drinks on the hour long crossing. I stuck my ear buds in and settled down with some bangin' choons...
On arrival I headed off into the cold. I was looking for somewhere to get supplies. I passed a Co-op and it was closed. Then it dawned on me - it's Sunday. And this is The Western Isles. Nowhere is going to be open!
I figured something must be open somewhere despite Google Maps telling me otherwise. So I forgot about food and just carried on. The views were the best so far! Lots of cliffs and beaches. Very sandy beaches!
After 20 miles or so, I reached Tarbert. Everywhere was closed except for one proper restaurant. So that's where I went. A few other cyclists had the same idea, so it was quite busy. The food was excellent. About time I had a proper meal!
All that took quite a while, so took a big chunk out of my riding time. What with the hour long ferry crossing too, I needed to get a move on.
The next stretch seemed to take forever. There were some pretty big climbs and the wind wasn't helping. At least it was dry though!
I was feeling a bit deflated. Endless stretches of nothingness and a long way to go. The views were good though!
Eventually I decided to head to Stornoway as I needed to be near shops that would at least be open tomorrow morning.
I found a campsite just outside Stornoway which is OK, but what it lacks in general niceness it makes up for with awesome showers!
I noticed a Chinese takeaway on the way in and thought about going there for dinner. Then read the reviews which were all along the lines of "The worse Chinese food I have ever eaten", so I cooked up a meatballs in pasta meal - the last of my supply instead.
I need to be at my ferry by about 13:30 tomorrow, so I'll probably nip up to the north coast first thing before making my way back again. Much as I love a ferry, this will be the last one which I'm quite pleased about!
So tomorrow night I'll be in Ullapool!