North Coast 500

This Easter weekend we drove about 1500 km from Edinburgh up to John O’Groats via Inverness, across to Durness, down to Plockton and back across to Edinburgh.

We did the walk up Ben Bhraggie near Golspie, which was pretty spectacular, although the weather was dricht. The 30 metre statue of the notorious first Duke of Sutherland is an imposing site. But we were more taken with the deer and possible frogs eggs we saw on the walk. After an overnight in John O’Groats, we headed to Dunnet Head, the truly most northerly part of the UK mainland. It was stunning. Then we made our way along the coast and did the walk at Faraid Head, Durness in the afternoon. Although bracing, it was sunny and the visibility was spectacular. Durness also has Smoo Caves, which is worth a look.

We stayed in wee Rhiconich overnight. In the morning, it was snowing but it cleared fairly quickly. By the time we got to Stoer it had mostly cleared and the walk to see the Old Man of Stoer, a 60 metre high stack of Torridonian sandstone, was bright and fresh.

We stayed in Gairloch that evening and drove down to Applecross the next day. We had lunch in Plockton, which has New Zealand native cabbage trees lining the seashore.



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