This was the big one! An early start which wasnt nice, but the scenery on my travels was amazing. The one part I didn't like was the single track road. Was some distance and involved a lot of pulling over. I missed a lot of good photos on that part of the journey, due to the single track road, but grabbed what I could. I then realised I was getting close to arriving at hotel after 6pm (their last time for checkin). So had to go without stopping too much. Made up time though. Loving the view at the back of the hotel, Dutch, damn midges again!!! 4 nights here, then home.
A good, enjoyable trip around Orkney. Starting at the Standing Stones of Stenness, past the archeological dig site, to the Ring of Brodgar, lastly to Skaill for the 5000 year old village and the nearby museum. Not too bad for my last day in Orkney, before heading down the west coast, to my final destination.
Loved the journey, but wish I had got the more expensive ferry, it is 5 mins WALK to the hotel! Still, the last hotel has a shorter checkin period. Liking this area, and looking forward to travelling around, but tonight is some beer and food. Seafood tonight. The ferry trip was nice, but rained at the start. Got a tad chilly at the start, but warmed up. No mammals on view though. The drive to stromness was nice, wish there was more sun though. First time on Orkney, so should be fun.
A wee trip to John O'Groats, means I will need to visit Lands End at some point. Weather was great, in fact, am I still in Scotland!!? A drive to the front, then a wee walk to each side of the harbour. Tomorrow will be Orkney, then down the west coast. Try and get some nice photos.
Good journey, especially the later stages. I messed up my Culloden Battlefield journey, 2 days ago, so added it to the start of this one. A couple of stops made after that, for the view. I then got to my first main stop, Helmsdale. What a great wee village. If arranging another trip in the future, I think I will make Helmsdale a sleepover for a few nights. The cafe/museum was a nice place for food. The wee area at the back had a nice view of the river. After a nice wee stop I headed for my main destination. I stopped at a spot and thought, I am in the middle of nowhere! I sort of was. Eventually got to dinner, thurso. Very happy with the hotel. Friendly staff, and they even changed my room from a single to a double! Time for a beer before dinner. Ensuite too so no sneaking across the landing for a shower.
Enjoyed this trip. Managed to have 4 stops along the way. No photos of inverness, just a quick rest. Stopped at Luss first, but had to run from those darn midges! I swear I still feel them now. Next stop was just a parking area, where the view was amazing. I think I am a target for those midges, so made a quick escape. 3rd stop at Glencoe was nice. Beautiful place and the bacon rolls were the way I like em. Wanted the midge repellent, so decided to move on earlier to Inverness. Got to my destination and Nairn is a nice town, but struggled to get parked near hotel. Eventually managed to move car right outside, but the parking there is only for 1 hr. They do have an area nearby for hotel guests though. The hotel is bigger than it looks. Thought I was in the Tardis for a second! They have a bar downstairs (I am on top floor), but was shut when I tried earlier. My room is small and does not have an ensuite. I have to go across landing and down a flight of stairs for toilet and shower. Not ideal for someone with diabetes that has to go a couple of times a night!! For 4 nights it cost £140, so cant complain. Just need a bed, which does feel comfy. Across the road is a pub called Uncle Bob, which is small but good enough. Going to head out and try and find some nice food. 4 nights here, then off to Thurso.