North West Scotland – Thurso to Durness

Back on the North Coast 500 from Thurso to Durness. Drive through Thurso along the coast and pass Dounreay nuclear power plant, which is being decommissioned. Travelling past lots of pasture land and many herds of sheep. We stop at one of the many beautiful beaches Farr beach and enjoy a stroll in the sunshine.

On the road again through Bettyhill and onto Tongue where we see in the distance the causeway over the Kyle of Tongue. We’re excited to realise we are going to cross it. The tide is out and the sea and golden sand are shining brightly in the sunshine. Halfway across the causeway we stop and enjoy a picnic lunch with a fantastic views.

Onto towards Loch Eriboll, the start of the NW Highland Geopark, we stop at a viewpoint with majestic views down the Loch, mountains in the distance. It’s a geological treasure, one side of the loch used to be connected to north America and the other side Europe! The road now is singletrack and winding with plenty of passing places and little traffic and incredible views. We travel both sides of the Loch to arrive at our destination Durness.

We are staying Sango Sands campsite, our pitch literally overlooking the lovely beach. Time for a beer in the sunshine.IMG_20190419_161354-1843x909

Thurso to Durness – 80 spectacular and varied coastal miles, sea lochs, gorgeous beaches, hills and mountains. Not to be missed if you get the chance.

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