North Coast 500 – NC500 – Day 09 – The North Coast

Back north again – this time for the final time. I did enjoy driving the A838. It was very remote and very scenic.

We then passed the Kyle Of Durness, when we passed this previously the tide had been out, now in it was completely transformed.

It was then on to Durness – here we stumbled upon a small secluded beach – probably the nicest (of the many) on the trip. I have since found out it’s Sango Sands.

There were still lots of beaches to discover and still lots of scenic hills to admire. Not on the same scale as the west coast but the north coast was not as “barren” or “boring” as the guide books would have you believe.

The next stand out moment was at Tongue, here the road crosses a causeway and you can park and admire the scenic views in all directions.

Next stop – the must see location of John O’Groats. Again another location that was not as bad as the guide books claimed. OK we arrived late after most of the shops were closed and there were not too many (other) tourists around. A nice walk along the coast and you can see just how close Orkney actually is. I think that we should visit there next time!

Much more impressive in my mind at least is Duncansby Head (yes another lighthouse)

Finished in the north east corner we started to backtrack to or accommodation but we had to visit Dunnet Head – the most northerly point of mainland Scotland.

Back along the coast road – back into Thurso for our overnight stay in the Pennyland House B&B which has stunning views out to the sea.

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