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Caithness, Sutherland & Ross

The north

 

This is the northernmost region of mainland Scotland where the mountains look tired and seem to fold in on themselves. The land is barren, the horizon stretches further and further and only a mournful wind might be heard.

Sorry, too poetic, I'm sure.

In spite of all that stark beauty the region abounds with treasure. There are the reminders of an often hard and ruthless past: Ruins of castles and simple dwellings (Clearances!), small museums and the fields of battle where the Scots and Viking raiders clashed.

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Site rating

  • This is a personal favourite! (***)
  • A real Scottish highlight! (**)
  • Have a look if you’re in the area. (*)
  • A hefty dollop of imagination is a must. (-)

My very personal selection:

Location: Berriedale / GPS/Map: 58.158669,-3.552481

Location: Nybster / GPS/Map: 58.575994,-3.064245

Location: Durness / GPS/Map: 58.625624,-4.999247

Location: John o'Groats / GPS/Map: 58.633968,-3.035970

Location: Forsinard / GPS/Map: 58.356365,-3.894646

(See also: Scenic Routes: "A Roaring Silence"

Location: Kinlochbervie / GPS/Map: 58.537906,-5.060492

Location: Durness / GPS/Map: 58.566690,-4.719134

Location: Unapool / GPS/Map: 58.217587,-4.993221

Location: Kylesku / GPS/Map: 58.204820,-4.929547

And than there are.......

Location: Harpsdale / GPS/Map: 58.484537,-3.520386

Location: Wick / GPS/Map: 58.474357,-3.111854

Location: Inchnadamph / GPS/Map: 58.166511,-4.994487

Location: Tongue / GPS/Map: 58.475808,-4.435820

Location: Golspie / GPS/Map: 57.986992,-3.911955

Location: Mey / GPS/Map: 58.647006,-3.226274

Location: Wick / GPS/Map: 58.423716,-3.080466

Location: Golspie / GPS/Map: 57.981789,-3.945165

Location: Dornoch / GPS/Map: 57.879130,-4.031026

Location: Lybster / GPS/Map: 58.379375,-3.266356

Location: Keiss / GPS/Map: 58.538178,-3.105973

Location: Skelbo / GPS/Map: 57.930069,-4.041841

Location: Helmsdale / GPS/Map: 58.116600,-3.653980