We decided to go just about as far north as we could in the UK without getting on a boat. So, to the north west highlands geopark we went. If you’re looking for somewhere peaceful, remote and stunning, I can’t recommend it enough.
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- Where we stayed: Inchard Gull Cottage ~ the perfect cosy getaway! The conservatory has an incredible view over a loch so you can easily while hours away reading, sewing, or whatever you like to do to pass time.
- Before you leave: There aren’t too many shops/restaurants in the vicinity I recommend stocking up on groceries when passing through Inverness so you can do loads of home cooking while you’re there.
- Walking the walk: The walk to Sandwood Bay takes about 2 hours each way and is just incredible (see beach photos below)
- Good eats: The Old School makes an absolutely delicious fish and chips, which is very welcome after finishing the walk to Sandwood Bay. It is actually an old school house and has a few historical photos in the entrance if you’re looking for a throwback.
- Drive to Durness: The half hour drive from Kinlochbervie to Durness is absolutely stunning. There is a small tourist office where you can buy an inexpensive guide to local walks. We also stopped by the Balnakeil craft village which was en route on the walk we did : Cocoa Mountain boasts some delicious hot chocolate which is reportedly the best in the world!
- Whisky Tasting: We drove an hour and a half to Balblair – the guided tour was fantastic. It’s also one of the sites where the movie The Angel’s Share was shot as well so a good cultural reference point if you’ve seen the movie.
- Animal spotting: there were sheep in our back garden, cows on the walks we went to, and ponies too. Most spectacular was spying some reindeer grazing on a hilltop on one of our drives.
- Cake on the way home – We decided to drive back through Scotland via the more scenic albeit longer route, from Kinlochbervie via Ullapool then driving through the highlands past Loch Ness, having lunch at the Cameron’s tea room which had some delicious home cooked cakes.
- Sterling – Ending with a bit of history: We stopped off overnight in Sterling, spending the morning visiting the castle – which was actually the main residency of the Scottish kings before the union with England. We stayed in a fantastic bed and breakfast called Victoria Square Guest House — honestly one of the best B&Bs I’ve ever stayed in. We at at Hermann’s, an Austrian restaurant up by the castle. The menu is quite simple but with quite a few classic Austrian dishes.
I spy bambi!