This morning, after our delightful home cooked breakfast, we headed off to the North of Britain. The actual Northern most point on the mainland of Britain is Dunnet Head, so we went there first. The view was spectacular thanks to the perfect weather we had again today. We then went to the tourist version, John O Groats, which is very commercialised. They do the same thing as at Land’s End, where you can put your town and how many miles it is, but you have to pay for the photo. We sneakily went round and stood behind the sign (outside the roped area) to get a photo of us and the sign. It’s quite exciting to think that Adrian and I have now been to Land’s End and John O Groats.
From there we drove down the East coast, where we came across Duncansby Stacks, the Scottish version of the 12 Apostles in Victoria. I posed from the camera and we all had a nice walk along the cliffs, before hopping back in the car again. We stopped briefly at Wick to have lunch at the cafe in the big Tescos just outside town.
Mid afternoon we decided to have a look around the Dunrobin Castle, which had beautiful portraits, furniture and picture perfect gardens. Surprisingly, it was the first Castle we had actually been into, which seems a bit wrong on a Scottish tour. We have just been so amazed with the scenery though – it is more breathtaking than I imagined it to be.
We arrived at Inverness late afternoon, checked in to the Avalon Guest House and did some washing – we’re not sure whether it will dry on our pegless clothes line over night, so our fingers are crossed. If not, we may have to ask if we can use their dryer. The accommodation is a short walk to the River Ness, which we walked along looking for dinner. We crossed over to the other side and back again, and settled for a nice Italian restaurant overlooking the river and castle. After dinner we went for a lovely walk along the river and through the Ness Islands. It was another good opportunity for me to do some posing, and good exercise too.
We then retired to our rooms for the evening after another splendid day.