The Extreme North

Today’s Mileage: 301
Total Mileage: 1472

On the Car Stereo:
Live Radio: BBC Radio Scotland: Mornings with Steven Jardine, Drivetime with John Beattie, Get It On with Brian Burnett, The Quay Sessions with Roddie Hart
BBC Sounds: Get It On with Bryan Burnett (BBC Radio Scotland)

With no need to check out of the hotel today I had a nice lie in before breakfast was delivered to my room (Covid does have its benefits, no need to mix with others in some hotel dining rooms).

After breakfast I had a short walk around Strathpeffer and I walked up to the Eagle Stone, near the house in which my Great Grandfather lived, possibly late 1920s?

Then I got in the car for today’s main task: To reach John o’Groats. The route took me through the UK’s Northernmost counties – from Strathpeffer in Ross & Cromarty, through Sutherland, and in to Caithness.

My first stop was Dunnet Head; the most Northern point of the UK Mainland – then it was on to John o’Groats to take a photo of the sign, browse the tourist shop and stop for lunch.

On the way back down to Strathpeffer I stopped briefly in Wick, Caithness’ former county town, then on to Latheronwheel Harbour, and I made a final stop in Golspie.

In the evening I drove out to the Black Isle and had a takeaway (pizza) while sitting on the beach in Cromarty.

Tomorrow I’m leaving Strathpeffer after breakfast and heading back up North to get the ferry to Orkney.


Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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