|Grand Caledonian Tour -
25 September to 9 October
story Margaret Campbell
Day 10 - Monday 4 October ; Durness to Wick
rain was still falling as we packed up and left Durness heading across
the north coast, but soon after the rain stopped and blue skies began
we had driven round Loch Eriboll we headed almost due east to Tongue
and then Bettyhill where we had a comfort stop.
part of the journey was on the North Coast 500 so the roads were much
busier and the journey took a bit longer. There are some beautiful
sandy beaches along this coast and the views over the sea are
followed the A838 then A836 along the north coast passing the
decommissioned Nuclear Power station at Dounreay and on to Thurso where
we stopped for lunch in a very nice newly opened cafe.
being suitable refreshed, we set off for the most northerly point at
Dunnet Head leaving the main road and following the B855 right out to
the end and the lighthouse and beautiful views to the Orkney
the road and only a few miles further east, passing the Castle of Mey,
we came to John o’Groats where we stopped for a while for photos
and a look around before we took the tiny unclassified road out to
We then headed south on the A99 to Wick and our overnight stop at the Norseman Hotel.
Day 11, South down the east coast alongside the North Sea then Loch Ness to Inverness