Trip Start May 11, 2011
188Trip End Jun 11, 2011
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On the outskirts of John O’Groats we turn off for Duncansby Head [ISA 8.6]. This is because it’s actually further north than John O’Groats and by all accounts hasn’t disappeared under a pile of gift shops. Our information is good. It hasn’t.
At Duncansby Head there is a lighthouse (now automated) that looks out over the Pentland Firth where the North Sea meets the North Atlantic
I’m surprised to be able to see islands directly off the coast, I thought they were miles away. We’re actually looking straight into the entrance of Scapa Flow between Hoy and South Ronaldsay where the British Fleet used to live.
A short walk to the south are the Stacks of Duncansby. Enormous pillars of sandstone just offshore looking far, far too impressive to be real. I do find myself thinking that occasionally in these CGI encrusted days.
As we walk back towards Beddie a cry of "Hush Puppies" from a South American lady reminds me that this is about the fifth time we’ve heard this on the trip from people as diverse as German, Japanese and now South American. That was obviously one very smart bit of advertising.