From North to West -
Along the Northern Coast westwards down A838

 

Setting out to the beginning of the road north, we follow the A383 to the left. It takes us via Tongue and across the Kyle of Tongue down to Sandwood Bay and finally to idyllic Scourie. -

 

 

The Road to the Atlantic - After Crossing the Bridge there is a Junction to Melvich, alongside the Kyle of Tongue.

The long bridge over the Kyle of Tongue.

This charming little house marks the beginning of the bridge...

Passing the cemetry - Castle Varrich under fog in the distance...

The path to Loch Madden is worth the trouble only in dry weather...

Reaching Skinnet - each change of the weather shows a new, terrific scenery.

Omnipotent: Ben Loyal, after Ben Hope the highest mountain of Sutherland.

Don't worry about the weather, just walk the beach...

Dunes, sand, clear water - and with a bit of luck even seals.

Freedom without limits....

...hidden bays...

... it's like a dream.


 

Talmine

 

A Jewel at the Atlantic Ocean

 

We reach Talmine, a jewel at Scotland's north coast.

 

We follow the narrow road to the left and reach the post office. At Tommy's you'll also get fruit, vegetables, even Sim-cards...

... and from the cottage above we have a wonderful view on Rabbit Island. Certainly the kind owner, Magaret McKay, assists us to get there some time - we'll come back.

School and municipal centre, and behind that steeply down to the beach.

There are two main roads: One along the beach and one "further up".

This old wreck has been lying at the beach for years.

The 'port' of Talmine in the background.

See the bunch in the foreground and take a glimpse at the Atlantc Ocean in the background...

The best view you get from the old school building...

... by the by, also events take place there - like a Gaelic Night.

This picture was taken in summer long after midnight...

... and this one after the rain of course...

Rabbit Island with its beach, in the background you can make out Eilean Nan Ron.

Walking the beach always is fun.

No sea cows - just common beach cows.

Now we are leaving Talmine for some time...

 


 

To Midfield via West-Strathan

 

 

Walking as the crow flies

 

 

A short distance behind Talmine the narrow side road begins...

Last year we started in rainy weather and had to walk back - see why?

First of all we scare some grouses and frogs; then we reach West-Strathan.

Only the little dog in the window welcomes us, beside that there is only quiet - and loneliness.

We leave the lonely place...

In the distance there is the Atlantic once more. We are approaching Achinver.

Those were the days...

And another dream beach... Achinver Beach.

In the foreground you can make out an old mine from World War II.

We have to pass private property but after asking politely...

... an elderly Scotsman permits us to walk over his ground.

This beach is ours, lonely and wild.

Now  we leave Midfield, setting out back to Talmine.

 

 


 

Portvasgo

 


Down the coast and left.

 

 

 

Passing the harbour, it's all down the coast - northwards...

...and Talmine is behind us.

The Atlantic Ocean on the right side and somewhere to the left should be Torrincudigan...

A lonely bench in the wilderness. With the name plate of the donor. 

A quaint heath scenery, no people, not even sheep.

All the time we find these small, hidden beach bays...

Ice Age remnants...

... harsh and terrific...

...perished...

We reach some hidden port.

So this is Portvasgo...

Back we go - about 4 kms to our Talmine cottage.

 


 

Loch Eribol up to Durness

 

 

The road appears endless as we pass Loch Eribol

 

 

It's like some Caribbean place...

... narrow places to pass...

...some relicts from World War II - a submarine station.

Fishfarming is very popular here.

Indeed, this road seems to end never...

Remote phone-cells...

 

This is the Video:

Finally we reach....

Rispond - ahead of us: Traigh Allt Chailgeag.

Sangobeg...

So many dream beaches - like pearls on a string...

Every year I wonder if that stone is still standing...

Smoo Cave -  a popular place for tourists.

Part of the cavern can be visited for free. The paid part includes a boat trip.

Finally we pass Sango Bay, not far from Durness.

It's like being in the centre of the world...

Next to the camping-place there is a tourist-information...

Fossils and gimmicks. We always bring home something from here...

... and every time we try to find out more about Puffins...

 


 

Faraid Head or: Where are the Puffins?

 


Behind Balnakeil we leave our car on a parking place.


We want... dream beaches and... puffins!

 

 


Next to the parking area there is the cemetery of  Balnakeil...

...at Balnakeil Bay, a really amazing bay.

Well, this actually looks like a short, nice walk...

However, the weather is incredibly hot today...

Somewhere in the distance must be the road to Cape Wrath.

Not even the German isles of Sylt or Amrum have dunes and beaches like this...

Soon the 'road' ends.

As mentioned before... it is pretty hot today...

... far away from ice-cream and coke.

Just sand and dunes...


or the skeleton of a sheep...

At least we are next to the sea from time to time.

We were told there are Puffins at the northern point.

Indeed here they are, but out of reach...

As usual, military forces occupy peaceful parts of nature...

...maybe the Puffins are a danger to national security?

We walk back along the cliffs to find a better spot.

Whiten Head in the distance...

After a while we reach another place, some "insider tip".

We are not brave enough to walk down there...

... so we watch from the distance.

From April until end of August they are here... breeding.

 

Then they disappear somewhere over the mighty Atlantic.

However, this Puffin was sketched by Christina...

 


 

 

From Durness to Kinlochbervie, Scourie and Handa Island

 

 

 

 

This small shop is the only place to buy a few things before we take off -  opposite to this shop there is a petrol-station with the most expensive fuel of Scotland.

 

Whiten Head again in the distance and we are on a lonely road again...

Keoldale at Kyle of Durness - here the ferry to the most northern point of Britain starts.

River Dionard, developing into the Kyle of Durness after a few more miles...

 

The video... between Durness and Kinlochbervie...

 

Near Kinlochbervie....

and Scourie with its amazing beach...

... a perfect place for a rest.

 

From here we start to Sandwood Bay, Handa Island and many more.

 

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