Highland Explorer Part 4: The North West Route

Saturday, 24 May 2014

The further north of the country we got, the more  isolated and starkly beautiful it felt. Thurso is a small Highland town and we chose to spend the night there due to its proximity to Dunnet's Head and John O'Groats. The road from Thurso to Ullapool was extremely quiet and so there isn't a whole lot of storytelling to do except through pictures. There were some wonderful beaches along the way near Bettyhill, Tongue, Durness etc but not many people. Very very few people actually.  Worth mentioning our pit stop at Cocoa Mountain near Durness for coffee and cake ( which constituted lunch). You must check this place out if you are in the area. The businesses around it looked run down or had stopped trading altogether. In the midst of all that depression, Cocoa Mountain has somehow managed to stay afloat and I think their fabulous chocolates may have a lot to do with it!

The only 'story' to share is the one where we saw a sign for fresh smoked salmon and decided to knock on the door near it. A friendly old Yorkshireman ( who now calls the Highlands home) showed us his smokehouse and sold us some freshly smoked salmon.

Have you been been on this route too? Any stories to share? Ann x

Wearing: Orla Kiely for Uniqlo top, ASOS velvet pinafore dress, Ash wedge trainers and Christin Dior Madrague sunglasses.

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