11-07-09 Single-Tracked Mind
[Single Track Roads]With the holiday season in full swing there are are a lot more vehicles on the roads around Kinlochbervie.

Whilst many of the roads are wide and in good condition the road from Rhiconich to Kinlochbervie is single track, as is the short stretch at Laxford Bridge and the fifty or so miles between there and Lairg.

Many visitors to Kinlochbervie may be unfamiliar with driving on such narrow roads and so a brief note about the dos and don't might be useful.

Driving on these roads isn't for the faint-hearted, especially if you only do it once or twice a year, but if you follow a few golden rules you won't go far wrong.
  • If a vehicle is coming towards you pull in to the passing place if it is on the left or stop opposite if it is on the right.
  • If there is a faster vehicle coming up behind you use the passing places to allow it to overtake.
  • Be aware of other road users - you can often see on-coming vehicles many miles ahead and prepare for their arrival.
  • Despite being rural and single-tracked there are frequently large and articulated lorries using these roads. Be sure to give them plenty of room.
  • Acknowledge when someone pulls over to let you through.
  • Be aware that at certain times of the year there may be red deer close to or crossing the roads. Drive slowly and enjoy your view of these magnificent animals.
On the website of the Mull and Iona Chamber of Commerce you can find an excellent guide to Driving on Single Track Roads that applies just as well to NW Sutherland as it does to the islands. There's another very good guide on the Undiscovered Scotland website.

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