Puffin Island – Drum Hollistan

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There are thousands of these fascinating and colourful birds on Puffin Island, but where is it? Distance from Mey House: 28 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/qeyf4f2vRvu Hidden just off the northern shore of the NC500 are three islands that from a distance look like any other of the many islets and skerries that proliferate along… Read more »

Duncansby Head, near John O’Groats

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You will more than likely be disappointed with John O’Groats but don’t despair as just a mile up the coast is a reward for those that seek it out. Distance from Mey House: 7 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/xvRAz Situated at the most north easterly point of the mainland is the wonderful Duncansby Head, a… Read more »

Dunnet Head

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Did you know this is mainland Britain’s most northerly point? Distance from Mey House: 6 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/FrNP8C4cRV42 Protruding from the top of the country and clearly visible from Mey House is the imposing and remote Dunnet Head. It is covered in peat moorlands, pock marked with fresh water lochs and crowned by a… Read more »

Sunsets…

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From April to September, watch the sun set across the Pentland Firth from Mey House. Distance from Mey House: 0 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/9svEd I know it may sound a little daft but prior to buying Mey House, neither of us had considered that it would have such a commanding view of the setting sun…. Read more »

Peedie Sands, Dunnet Head

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A hidden gem only accessible for those that seek it out! Distance from Mey House: 7 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/S2mm9 There is no doubt that the western side of the far north has some fabulous beaches; Coldbackie, Sango Sands and Balnakiel to name but three. However, Caithness too has some wonderful spots but you… Read more »

RSPB Nature Reserve – Forsinard

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A 100 km2 nature reserve set amid the wild and desolate peat bog known as “The Flow Country”. Distance from Mey House: 43 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/XMY3N I must admit that the thought of visiting ‘Europe’s largest peat bog’ hadn’t really inspired me, after all, what could possibly be of any interest? Having now… Read more »

Through the Flow Country

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A 38 mile journey through some of the most beautiful deserted landscape in Scotland. Distance from Mey House: 30 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/XNEY3 I was travelling from Helmsdale to the RSPB reserve at Forsinard and the shortest route was along a road that was unfamiliar to me, the A897; what a journey it turned… Read more »

Loch Eriboll

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Loch Eriboll has been used for centuries by shipping as a safe haven against the ravages of the northern storms. Distance from Mey House: 67 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/XGMtR We encountered Loch Eriboll on our first trip to the Highlands and we were not expecting the surprise that it had in store for us;… Read more »

Balnakiel Bay – Durness

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The Highlands are blessed with some spectacular beaches, often sandy and usually deserted, but if you don’t know where they are, it’s all too easy to drive right past. Distance from Mey House: 86 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/BEmPu Unlike its spectacular neighbour (Sandwood), Balnakiel beach is just a few metres from the car park… Read more »

Cape Wrath, North West Sutherland

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Mainland Britain’s most north westerly point; it’s an adventure just to get there! Distance from Mey House: 99 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/mM11R The name Cape Wrath is derived from the Old Norse for “Turning Point” and until relatively recently the area was home to a small but thriving community. Today it is a deserted… Read more »

The Night Sky

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Even in darkness, the Caithness ‘Big Sky’ provides an awesome display, with or without the Northern Lights. Distance from Mey House: 0 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/qmFIE Before becoming residents of the Highlands we took regular holiday trips here usually in June or July to take advantage of the long days and good weather but… Read more »

The Island of Hoy, Orkney

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The Orkney island with more postmen than police! Distance from Mey House: 52 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/BMuPt The island of Hoy is only 4 miles from Mey House and (on a clear day) it can be easily seen from either of our suites. However, to reach it requires crossing 25 miles of water on… Read more »

Dunnet Bay

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The vast swathes of empty golden sands and the biggest skyscape in Caithness will take your breath away no matter what time of year you visit. Distance from Mey House: 5 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/6j9kt I’ve lost count of the number of times we have been to this amazing beach and every time we… Read more »

St John’s Point & Scotland’s Haven

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Regular seafarers on the Pentland Firth know that one of these features offers shelter, the other the threat of destruction. Distance from Mey House: 1.5 Miles Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/lmGu2 As the tidal flows of the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea are squeezed between the Scottish mainland and the archipelago of Orkney and Stroma,… Read more »