Legs 9,10 & 11 Preview, Scotland East and North Coast’s
Another few days worth of plans follow, today It the East Coast of Scotland and the main coastal section of the Scottish 500 (a route I have driven a few time, so for once some of the planning was known and easy).
Once north of the Forth Crossing (which will be painfully slow as I fight through the Capital towards the bridge crossings) I will be in a major part of Scotland I have never visited before, so I am looking forward to this Leg, in my mind (right or wrong) I picture endless golf courses with Fat Americans in helicopters with fake tan, and hear the theme song for ‘Local Hero’. As I get further north along this bit of coast I imagine the oil industry will show itself mixed in with small fishing villages. I might be wrong (normally am) so lets see what It has to offer.
This leg takes us to almost the top of the UK Mainland (thats for Leg 11), but before I head north I need to come all the way across to Inverness first. Again this is a stretch of coast I have not visited before. Once over the bridge in Inverness I intent to head out onto the Black Isle and use the Cromerty Ferry. This only runs during the summer, and previous trips have never been during the summer, so the opertunity is now for the taking.
After the ferry it a fairly well trodden road North to Wick, where my over-night stop is. However today I should have the ability to stop off and visit a castle or two as time is built into the day.
Lots of great views today, the obligatory drive to John o”groats (or and most know it John O’Grotty), a quick in out is all I plan on doing. I shall continue West past Castle of May (once the Queen Mothers castle) and up to Dunnet head (the real furthest North point of the UK mainland) This will mark three of the four points of the UK mainland compass. North “Dunnet Head”, South “The Lizard” and East “Lowestoft Ness”. The Westerly will get taken care of in leg 12.
From Dunnet head I continue all the way across the top of Scotland to Durness, where the road starts to head South, and enters Assynt, an area of Scotland second to none in terms of view mountains and road. A section of road to Lochinver will be new to me, in the past I have missed this section of coast road for one reason or another. This will bring me into Ullapool my overnight stop.
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