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Scotland North Coast 500 Road Trip
Let the Journey Begin ...
Today, we embark on a long awaited Scotland North Coast 500 Road Trip. We will be covering over 655 miles over the course of two weeks.
The North Coast 500 website describes this trip as: “the ultimate road trip around the north coast of Scotland, showcasing fairy-tale castles, white sand beaches and historical ruins.”
We are timing the trip to avoid the midges and traffic that July and August bring and are hoping for some stunning scenery and some reasonable weather. Fingers crossed on all fronts!
The GK Chesterton quote springs to mind: “The traveller sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he came to see.”
Let the journey begin …!
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Our trip ends today with aa 5 hour drive south from Dunblane home.. It has been an interesting trip to this remote, far flung land where there is a marvellous amount of nothing to do. If you are looking for solitude, room to wander and reflect and allow yourself to ” just be”, then you will find plenty of it in the Scottish Highlands.
The Kylesku Hotel is a small hotel sympathetically decorated in modern style with soft natural tones and tweed headboards. They keep a cosy fire burning throughout the day – nice when the weather is wet. The hotel is perfectly located on the edge of the loch with good walks all around.
Mackay’s Rooms Durness is a B&B, not a hotel, so if you want an evening meal, you need to walk down the road to the Sango Sands Oasis pub or further to the Smoo Cave Hotel. Alternatively, there is a café called the Whale Tail at Balnakeil Craft Village which offers a reasonable fish/seafood menu, but they only accept cash and close at 8pm. There is a cashpoint at the Spa in Durness village if you need it.
We had 2 nights in Wick, which allowed us time to tick the box of visiting John O’Groats. We saw a family waiting to welcome back their Dad & his friend Phil – End to Enders – it is 874 miles to Land’s End from here. If you headed straight down, it is 12,875 long miles to New Zealand …
A really comfortable hotel with a well stocked bar offering a wide selection of whiskies to taste. The hotel has a pool with a sauna and steam room. Parking could be challenging when the hotel is being used as a conference centre, but we didn’t have a problem during our stay.
Today, we embark on a long awaited drive around the North Coast of Scotland. we will cover over 655 miles over the course of two weeks. The GK Chesterton quote springs to mind: “The traveller sees what he sees; the tourist sees what he came to see.” Let the journey begin …!