- Overall Track Difficulty: Moderate
- Area Information:
The John Lennon Memorial Durness Scottish Highland. The ride up to this place is awe inspiring challenging at times and incredible with roads with twists and turns long stretches that go on into the void, it is about 140 miles heading North to this remote parish of Durness, follow wide meandering country tracks, roads and a few hair pin bends through some of Scotland's finest inland and coastal scenery, along a huge and sparsely populated area with spectacular scenery with a rocky coastline, pristine beaches with turquoise waters, a wide array of wildlife and fauna, vast open spaces, large sea scape, cliffs, rugged mountains and heather covered moorlands, which have some fantastic but sometimes challenging walking trails, covering an area from east of Loch Eriboll to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the Scottish mainland. The weather on this route can be challenging at any time of the year, but that is Scotland.
- First Stage Difficulty: Easy
- First Stage Information:
From the Highland Glen Lodge bed and breakfast the route is clear take the right hand turn too the village of Cannich, at the traffic lights turn right to the village of Beauly, through the small hamlets of Glassburn,Struy, Aigas, and Kilmorack, on the A831Beauly is a town in the Kilmorack Parish of the Scottish County of Inverness, on the River Beauly, the story goes that the name Beauly comes from the French "beau lieu" "beautiful place" and was quoted by Mary queen of Scots when she visited the priory in the Summer of 1564.
- Second Stage Information:
From Beauly head towards Dingwall a historic and fascinating town with buildings, monuments and exhibitions, with a long and rich history, situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, a former Viking capital The name of Dingwall comes from the Scandinavian Þingvöllr a field or meeting-place, The town was granted a Royal Charter in 1226 by King Alexander II and remains a Royal Burgh to this day.Here you will find Tulloch Castle dating back to the mid 16th century.
- Third Stage Difficulty: Moderate
- Third Stage Information:
From Dingwall take the route to Alness this is an attractive town that lies close to the north shore of the Cromarty Firth, it sits both sides of the River Averon or Alness. It existed as a port on the Cromarty Firth by 1690, but really started to grow as a settlement either side of a ferry crossing over the river on the route of the main road built in 1715.
- Stage 4 Description:
Follow the route through Kincardine a small town on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, the town was given the status of a burgh of barony in 1663, it was at one time a reasonably prosperous minor port. The townscape retains many good examples of Scottish vernacular buildings from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, although it was greatly altered during the construction of Kincardine Bridge in 1932–1936. From Kincardine you go through Culrain is located on the very beautiful Glenmazeran Estate high up the Findhorn Valley, with stunning landscapes and wildlife. At Inveran situated on the A837 at the head of the Dornoch Firth and the site of the Shin Hydro-electric Power Station. Take the route to Overscaig, remotely located in Sutherland on the banks of Loch Shin, near Lairg, this is an ideal base to explore all the attractions of the Northern Highlands from Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire, in this beautiful and remote place you will find hill walking, fishing, climbing, cycling, bird-watching, and after all that this the area provides a sanctuary for those who just want to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the North Highlands of Scotland From here take the route from Overscaig to Kinlochbervie is about 30 miles, through some of unspoilt scenery in the North this is major drive route for tourists to the area. You drive along single-track roads pass through the isolated communities with fertile soil and greenery in places like Durness, Laxford Bridge and Scourie, fiord like lochs and the road that climb between them,drive by stunning white sandy beaches, huge sand dunes and a lochs and local limestone that has bean worn away by the impressive weather they have producing interesting caves like Smoo Cave near Durness. From Kinlochbevie to Durness from towering mountains and mysterious lochs, to secret beaches and fairytale castles, you wont be disappointed with this route. This makes it the perfect location for spotting the fantastic dancing Northern Lights, but this is not the main focus of the John Lennon Northern Lights Festival, The festival has been endorsed by the Lennon family and has been given permission to use John Lennon’s name by Yoko Ono Lennon, this decision has been fully supported by other remaining members of Lennon’s family, and his sister, Julie Baird, regularly participates in the festival to show her support of it. She has been quoted as saying that the show is a ‘high quality event which has taste and respect at its core’. The Beatles musician spent many childhood holidays in the village which lead to a life-long appreciation for the place and in adult life he bought his own family here to holiday. The festival includes live performances from bands and also incorporates poetry readings, talks from members of John Lennon’s family and a massive dance in Britain’s biggest sea cave. There will also be a mobile cinema making its way around the festival grounds screening Beatles films and many other great highlights.
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