Back on the road today, this time it was John O’Groats being the destination entered into our SatNav. On the way we saw Dingwall, Wick and Dunnet Head.
We travelled through the city of Inverness, which we visited yesterday, on the way.
The first place to stop along the way was Dingwall. This is a lovely little town has an excellent bakery serving up delicious mince pies.
Being a huge football fan I couldn’t resist the temptation to check out Ross County’s stadium just outside the town centre.
Following the road, I was quite intrigued by a brown tourist sign for Dunrobin Castle, gardens and falconry, so I decided to stop. The exterior of the building was impressive, but alas, I didn’t get too see the inside, due to our lack of time.
The coastal road up to Wick was very scenic, and at times ascends quite high. Obviously, these roads will suffer in winter, as evident by the “road closed due to snow” gates that are currently unused.
It was also interesting that from the coastal road, you could see two oil rigs on the horizon.
Wick was the next stop, famous for Herring. We had some lunch here before having a walk around the town.
We enjoyed walking around the small marina and the charming town, before setting off.
Onto John O’Groats. Firstly to Duncansby Head, the end of mainland Britain. There is a nice short work to Duncansby stacks here, complete with a variety of seabirds, lovely views and sheep crap everywhere!
The final stop of the day was John O’Groats village to book the Orkney Ferry for tomorrow. The village itself comprises mainly of a car park, shops surrounding it, a small harbour and the obligatory signpost saying that Land’s End is 874 miles away.
It was a quick detour onto the actual tip of mainland Britain, Dunnet Head and its lighthouse.
The views all around here are awesome and not a sheep turd in sight (or should that be step).