Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Family on tour: Durness

After leaving Orkney we landed at Gills Bay and had a quick run along to John O'Groats and the lighthouse at Duncansby Head. There's amazing coastal scenery there. We didn't see it...


This is part two of our family camping tour around the north of Scotland here is part one if you missed it.

After Dipping our feet in (so to speak) at Duncansby Head we headed west along the northern coast of Sutherland. This is an area we've never visited before and once you get past Thurso the landscape just get's better all the way with a myriad of amazing beaches and inlets.

These are the Rabbit Islands in the mouth of Tongue Bay...


The tide was out as we passed the Kyle of Tongue and the scene was fantastic. You'll have to wait for the video to see it properly as it's just a vast panorama of sands and channels covering a massive area. As with many places on our whistle stop tour it's one to return to.

Looking towards the head of the Tongue of Kyle from the causeway...


There were so many wonderful valleys and beaches and the drive down one side and back up Loch Eriboll was fantastic. I really am lost for superlatives for this stretch of coast. Find me a job in Sutherland please!

This is Traigh Allt Chailgeag, or to us the 'Beach of the lost welly', as Clare managed to walk into some proper quick sand. It had sands, back dunes, burns, arches and caves and even little wooded areas with a hazel tree. Stunning...


Eventually we made it to the campsite at Durness, Sango Sands...


And we had to persevere with views like this from the tent...




The weather was bright and clear, but crikey there was a cold nip in the strong wind!





A great place to explore...


And just soak it all in...


The on-site facilities were ace too, including the bar/restaurant with free wifi and great food.

Just down the road is Smoo Cave. An amazing limestone cave, part collapsed sea cave, part naturally formed limestone cave. It's free to go in and walk about, but you can pay a few quid to go on a little excursion deeper into it via an inflatable. Sadly nothing extreme though...




It really is some size!





We had intended to go over to Cape Wrath to camp, but weather and time was against us, so, after two nights at Durness it was south towards our next camp at Ardmair just north of Ullapool. And that is a place I've not been to for 26 years as a  first year geology student! 

Again I've got video of these areas to edit, so watch this space for them once I've finished the blog posts...

2 comments:

  1. Shot 16 - the long shot of the Smoo Cave is fantastic -you get a really great perspective of how big it is with the little house on top and the bridge below.
    I also really loved shots 7 & 10.
    And that beautiful crystal clear water is amazing.

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    1. Thanks, it was pretty amazing in there.

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