WEEK 15 – John O’Groats to Durness


22 miles walked, 250+ miles driven

(total 1,119 miles walked)

This week my walking trip almost became a full on bus trip and then did become a driving tour. This was not in the original plan but is an adaptation based on the persistent poor weather. With no coastal path I have all but given up on off-road walking as it is quite difficult without being constantly soaked. The trip definitely became a chore this week and so I decided to take my own advice on the best way to see North Scotland and hire a car. 

The only sun I have seen this week was on the Lossiemouth coastline and I am very grateful to Dave and Cally for putting me up for a second time. 

I have found my enthusiasm for this trip being depressed by the knowledge that back home there is an above average summer, while up here it is the worst on record. I have thought about going home a lot this week. The last few days I have been quite cold (today’s temperature barely reached 12 degrees, not including wind chill) and am wearing 4 layers of clothes. 

I am sticking it out for the moment as I really want to see this part of the country. I am a little sad that I’m not seeing it at its best. Fingers crossed for better weather even though it’s not forecast. 

On the plus side, I have seen the most amazing beaches on the North coast. I don’t believe the beaches can get any better than this, if only the weather was good (or I had the means to dry things properly) I’d be straight in the sea.  

Strathy beach

3 thoughts on “WEEK 15 – John O’Groats to Durness

  1. jomunday99 July 21, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    We can’t appreciate the cold and wet from your photos but can appreciate the stunning scenery. So sorry that the weather is so poor and that its spoiling this part of the trip. Hope it turns around soon! Ps – if you do come home, please don’t bring the rain with you – it’s nearly school holidays!


  2. Chris Frazer July 21, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Excellent week….not what you wanted but you are seeing Scotland at it’s raw best…..


  3. Donna Munday July 22, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Looking on the bright side Luc, no hot weather = no midges. Re our texts earlier, do try and get to the Summer Isles Hotel for dinner even if you don’t stay there, it’s magnificent. There are loads of crafty gallery type places run by Scottish hippies up there. We bought some lovely things when we were there. They also have their own smokehouse for the restaurant. Dxx


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