Monday, 19 August – Stromness, Scrabster, Dunnet Head, Dunnet Beach, John O’Groats, Duncansby Head, Castle of Old Wick, Sinclair Girnigoe Castle, Wick

This morning we took the ferry back to Scrabster and headed to the mainland. Our last view of Stromness:

After getting off the ferry we drove out to Dunnet Head:

Although the headland is famed for puffins, they had already left for this year. We did get a good look at the lighthouse there, with its foghorn behind it, and saw a bird that may be a rock pipit:

These are the “real” Scottish thistles:

We also visited Dunnet Beach:

Then we drove out to John O’Groats:

One of the things that is done in the UK is to bicycle or hike from John O’Groats to Land’s End (or vice versa):

We stopped briefly at Duncansby Head:

After that we drove to Wick and since we arrived early we went on out to the Castle of Old Wick:

Offshore from the castle were a number of sea birds, eight shags or cormorants, and a lone gull:

Also there was aa array of wind turbines and a few oil platforms:

Since it was still early and the weather good, we also went to Castle Sinclair Girnigoe:

There is a lighthouse there very similar to the one at Dunnet Head:

We stayed that night at the Clachen, a very nice B&B at the edge of Wick.

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