NC500….Durness to Duncansby Stacks…. .

Well, how lucky have we been?  Sun and clear skies have accompanied us on our journey north from Inverness to the top of Scotland.  It seems we picked the perfect window in the weather to explore a section of the NC500.  It was more an NC100 rather than 500 as we didn’t have time to do it all.  My nephew, who we met up with in Thurso, said he had never seen weather like it in the three years he has lived there.  Totes amaze!  We meandered along the section across the top of the Highlands from Durness in the west to Duncansby Stacks in the east before heading south for a few days in Edinburgh.  Now, I could blather on and on, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah about the spectacular scenery and beautiful weather but I’m not even going to try.  The pictures say it all.  So here they are………….

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Looking towards the campsite at Durness, the most north westerly village on the British Mainland.
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Remains of Balnakeil Church.
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Balnakeil Bay.
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Looking back towards Balnakeil Bay on a walk to Faraid Head.

 

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Lunch stop at Faraid Head……….almost (the triangle of land at the headland is owned by the MOD so not accessible).  We could just make out Cape Wrath lighthouse in the distance.
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Cairn on the top of the hill looking back to Balnakeil.
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Looking out at the limestone cliffs at Smoo Cave.  
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Ceannabeinne Beach.
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Ard Neakie on Loch Eriboll.

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Looking across the Kyle of Tongue to the Rabbit Islands.
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The causeway crossing the Kyle of Tongue Loch.

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This pig had fur not hair!
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The incy wincy post office at Skerray.
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Local produce for sale at the bus shelter near Torrisdale.
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Thurso……….it had turned grey by then but was still dry.
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The beach at Thurso.

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Dunnet Head, a fantastic place to see Puffins close up.

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Had to be done!
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Duncansby Stacks.

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So there we are, a fabulous week all round.

Next up, Edinburgh.

Feasgar math!