Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The edge of the world . .

No, this wasn't the holiday cottage . . . . this is Castle Sinclair at Noss Head just behind the airport at Wick. It was ruined a few hundred years ago and is in the process of being restored. What a job! We had a week on the northern coast of Scotland, you couldn't get any further north without taking to a boat.
You can keep John o' Groats. For feeling like you are nearly at the edge of the world, go a bit further east to Duncansby Head, a wide promontory with a lighthouse, cliffs, rocky stacks and soaring seabirds, and in the distance, the Orkneys. Duncansby stacks, a busy nesting place at this time of year for fulmar, kittiwakes, guillemots . . .

The view from our cottage across the Pentland Firth to the Orkneys.
... and the cottage itself. Now this was at the real northernmost point, Dunnet Head, another amazing headland, with views from its highest point to Cape Wrath, the farthest west, and Duncansby, the farthest east, along the north coast of the Scottish mainland.
Further south, this view, Dornoch Firth, north of Inverness, where the A9 goes across on a causeway.
What with interruptions, pc playing up etc it has taken me ages to get this post together!

1 comment:

Linda said...

Wonderful, wonderful part of the world. After a week on Skye last summer,we travelled up north and 'across the top' to arrive at Dunnet Head on a beuatiful day. Thanks for reviving the memories!!!!

I've put a few pics on the blog.