Ok so first our apologies for not adding any blogs this year, but we have been busy having far too much fun 🙂
We watched the sun rise in the same Northerly sky as we watched it set the night before, and drove along the coast to Dunnet Head, which is the actual furthest point north of Mainland Britain..
Again the puffins nesting here were AMAZING to observe..
We took the A836 and followed the coastline “anti-clockwise” around the top of the Highlands.. Never having been this far north, we were stunned and amazed by the sheer beauty of this part of Scotland.. Around every corner we were greeted by a truly breathtaking vista.. We could not believe that on one side of the single track road we travelled, there was a beautiful green Glen, and on the other a picturesque unspoilt beach with golden sands and turquoise waters.. We were WOWED over and over each time we turned a corner or went over a brow of a hill.. So much so that it became almost expected (and we were never disappointed)…
We continued along and stopped at Smoo Cave.. The caves are quite unique within the UK as there formed by both salt water (outer cave) and fresh water (inner caves).. All in all well worth a stop along the way..
Leaving Smoo, we continued our journey through the truly astonishingly beautiful Highland roads..
The journey was taking much longer than it probably should, as we were stopping every 5 mins or so to jump out and take photographs…We started looking for somewhere to stop as the night was drawing in and the wind had started to pick up.. We arrived at Kylesku, and parked up in the car park just off the main road.. We togged up and headed into the village to explore.. At the end of the road we stumbled into the Kylesku Hotel, where we ate a delicious meal whilst overlooking the Loch.. Fed and watered we headed back to the Van.. The weather had really took a turn for the worse (typical July weather)..
As we walked through the village we were stopped dead in our tracks by a Stag not more than a couple of yards away, grazing in the garden of a house on the shoreline.. We stopped and videoed this magnificent animal (see our You Tube channel) said hello and watched him bound off into the night.. We looked at each other and laughed at the randomness of what had just happened, and walked back to the van, where we bedded down for the night.. The weather was rocking the van so bad, that we decided to pull down into the village for some shelter.. We drifted off to sleep happy and contented at our days adventure.. It was a Thursday and we had started to compare what we would have been doing on that particular day, if we had still been living “normal lives” Me on a building site in Middlesborough and Angie in a dreary office on the Team Valley in Gateshead..
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