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Travel Blogs from Bettyhill
... in the world, across the Moray Firth from Fort George. This is famous for being one of the best spots in the world from which to view bottlenose dolphins from land, as a pod of about forty big ones (up to 4m long!) live year-round in the Firth and play and feed in the incoming tide. They are reputed to be easily visible when the salmon are running (ie, now.) We stood about on the stony beach for a while, freezing to death, amongst the serious wildlife photographers with ...
... Lots of rather make-shift tents and loud music - very odd in such a remote and quiet place.
We ended up scrambling up a steep hillside and onto what was the "road" (about 60cm wide) to the village of Sleiteil, up on the moors. We didn't get to the village itself, but the walk was wonderful, on the high windy headland.
And so on, through the wonderfully named hamlets of Tongue and Laid, (all sorts of rude ideas of how we could pose next to the ...
... with a garrulous gift-shop owner in the middle of no-where, before getting to John O'Groats. Now I can see why the locals diss it: it's clearly set up for a tourist stop, with ice-cream shops and souvenir sellers and so on, but today it was pretty empty and the sea and the sky were pretty and we had a couple of lovely chats with nice people, and at least we can say we've been there. One could hardly drive 3 miles away from John O'Groats and NOT go ...
During the last series of walks you may remember that I had had to hitch lifts on several occasions. I had reached territory where my bus pass would be of little use. Various people had asked how I would proceed further and I said that perhaps Margot would accompany me on a future visit and provide some logistical support. Following a discussion along those lines with some friends, a retired colleague, David ...
... We had a lovely breakfast on cereal, scrambled eggs on toast and Roger had breakfast haggis + black pudding. We have never laughed so much as we did at breakfast, as June who is a Geordie decided to tell us a few tails, she would have made a really good stand-up comic. Remind me to tell you the one about Titanic and the dog or the woman with the large window when I see you.
We set off 9.10 from Wick to J.O.Groats 17 miles, 1.hour ...
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