The host was Ian and his lovely old property called Tigh na’ Tilleadh (tigh is an archaic Scottish term for a house) was a house that was equipped with almost everything a visitor would need. Generally people across the highlands are pretty friendly and Ian was one of them. Among number of interesting discussions I had with him, one stood out for me. People across highlands do not lock their homes as there is a strong feeling of trust amongst the community, I am not sure how much of it is missing in today’s world. The house also had a turntable, an LP player on which I played some old-school records (Iggy Pop, Def Leppard, Jimi Hendrix and Iron Maiden). It was the start of a very lazy day because the house settings were pretty groovy. The one interesting drive to cover for fourth day was Applecross. After finishing a very healthy breakfast full of nutrients, I left Ian’s property around 10 AM. The first stop was at Ullapool, the northwest’s principal town famed for its cultural life in the northwest Highlands region, notorious for live music nights and boasting a few quality restaurants and drinking holes. Since it was afternoon, I didn’t quite get to see the nightlife but the town was as scenic as other parts of the Highlands, except it was northern Highlands. For travellers starting NC500 from the other side of Scotland, Ullapool is the first major stop. Northwest Highlands are also famous for midges, a tiny smaller-than-mosquitoes but much smaller whose bites are usually more irritating than painful. They usually appear in large numbers and cannot stand even a slight breeze, so they cannot keep up with you when you are driving, riding or even walking. There are midge hats and midge repellents available easily, so it is not as much of an inconvenience as I had expected (from a little that I had heard). The next stop was a random one, next to the Dundonell Hotel, where for the first time I spotted a Northern Lights campsite (active only in the winter and autumn seasons). A little ahead I also spotted Highland cattle with long wavy coats and distinctive horns, they are quite docile but really heavy. Applecross was ahead — a scenic 20 miles drive that allows you to appreciate Scotland’s most magnificent mountain scenery (goes as high as 2,053 feet). I was really excited for this drive, but unfortunately, it was a single-track road and a caravan driving ahead of me blocked the view. It was clearly written on a red caution board that it is unsuitable for caravans but some people, after making it so far, take the Applecross Road anyway rather than missing out on something that scenic. Anyway, it was a really good drive and the view was really breathtaking. By the time I got down, it was around 6 PM and I had to check-in at Loch Maree Hotel in Achnasheen. I had another 80 miles to cover and then reach Inverness by the next evening.