Northernmost point of Scotland
I said goodbye to my ferry companions of the day before and headed west. It wasn't long before I joined the North and West Highlands tourist route part of the Highland 500.
I was heading to Dunnet Head - the most northerly point of mainland Britain. On the way I met Jim, a local man, who stopped and chatted with me about my route through Scotland. He knew lots about history. He advised that I miss out the west coast and go to the Western Isles. Sounds a nice idea but not sure I still have money for even more ferries. After a good long chat Jim headed off to go look after his grandkids.
At Dunnet Head I found the best spot for taking pictures (thanks for the advice Jim!) and had a chat with Ellie who had been driving the coastal route by herself.
I carried on to Thurso where I stopped for food and a visit to the local bike shop. They didn't have a wheel of the right size or quality so told me to call in on a guy near Bettyhill. They gave me a jar of curry sauce to see me on my way.
Past Dounreay nuclear power plant I rode and stopped for fish and chips at a mobile van in New Reay. It was the one night of the week the village had a fish and chip shop. Strangely, nearly everyone had an English accent. I decided this must be due to the nuclear power plant or the military. I was told that I should be able to camp with a view of the beach at Strathy so I made for there. It seemed a few other people had the same idea and so there were another four tents pitched nearby.