More north than a very northern place

Trip Start May 11, 2011
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

John O'Groats is not the most northerly point of the British mainland. Nor is Duncansby Head for that matter. Dunnet Head just to the west wins by a good few miles and is our next stop. [ISA 8.6].

Why all the fuss about John O Groats I hear you squeak.

I don’t know.I reply.

There’s a lighthouse here (automated, of course) and the cottages where the keeper and his two assistants used to live with their families. They are also the remains of what must have been the most amazing walled garden just a hundred yards from the cliff that crashes down into the North Atlantic. Actually the wall bit of the walled garden is in good nick and there are still a few things growing in there – I spotted some reasonable looking rhubarb. All it needs is a new door, a nuclear powered strimmer and a couple of months of back breaking hard graft. It seems a shame that it’s just sitting there though.

Apart from the garden there are also the remains of the radar station that kept an eye on the approaches to Scapa Flow during the Second World War. Not much left really but at least everything was boarded up which is better than it being filled with rubbish.
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