GPS Track Details
|Track length:||145.2 km|
|Average speed:||10.01 km/h|
|Total ascent:||1660 m|
|Total descent:||1663 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
Overall Track Difficulty: EasyArea Information:
kinlochbervie to Thurso 89 miles along the coast This is a storm beaten coastline,as you drive this route you catch a glimpse of the rock-bound sea-coast of Caithness beautifully and remote with views over bare, peaty moorlands, The modern route avoids the cliffs roads, here you will find remains of Picts houses, Norwegian names and Danish mounds attest that the Celts were successively displaced by these different races, through tribal attacks and sieges in feudal times, Stone circles, and the ruins of early places of religious pilgrimage. Durness a most north westerly village in the British mainland with spectacular scenery with a rocky coastline, pristine beaches with turquoise waters, a wide array of wildlife and vast open spaces from Durness to Talmine is about 30 miles, It is a crofting and fishing township, overlooking Talmine Bay, an inlet on the western shore of Tongue Bay, here you will find the Shamrock, a 19th-century sloop located within the bay, it is protected by Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
First Stage Difficulty: EasyFirst Stage Information:
Follow this route to Achuvoldrach a small remote coastal village, found on the east shore above the base village on the west shore of the Kyle of Tongue, north of the mountains of Ben Hope and Ben Loyal, to the north lies the area of Braetongue, it is linked to the village of Tongue. The name of tongue is from the old Norse, it comes from "tunga" or tongue of land projecting into the loch, although the Norse probably lived here between the 900s and 1200s, nothing certain has been found of their settlement. From the village you take the Kyle of Tongue Causeway across the sea loch on the A836, for 12 miles follow the route to Bettyhill, a village in the parish of Farr, Bettyhill is 32 miles west of Thurso, along this route you will find never ending back roads, wide meandering country tracks and beautiful bends through some of Scotland's finest coastal scenery very scenic and quite route.
Second Stage Difficulty: EasySecond Stage Information:
Strathy is a scattered community, on the A836 road some twenty miles west of Thurso. Here you find the Strathy Point Lighthouse found on the tip of a peninsula a breath taking location at the very top of Scotland between Cape Wrath and Joan O'Groats. It was initially planned in 1953 and was completed by 1958, The lighting device itself is a two panel device with a focal length of 250mm with a 250 watt light bulb, that gives a range of almost 26 miles. The lighthouse was originally fitted with a fog horn, which is no longer used. The two storey lighthouse tower it is exposed to the raw elements, depending on the weather as is the case in Scotland at any time of year, you can stand outside on the tower landing and experience the awe inspiring views. This is not a place for those who cannot make their own entertainment or are not interested in nature. and sea birds. To day the light house is unmanned, and is automated. The keepers cottage is available for holiday rentals. The lighthouse is isolated and surrounded by sea, cliffs, sheep and sea birds. The views are breathtaking you can visit John O'Groats, Orkney, Scapa Flow and Skylesku bridge and village. These places are incredibly scenic and full of wildlife in their natural habitat. From Strathy head along the route to Reay about 8 miles, the beaches along this route are great for surfing, kayoing and fishing or just walking, building sandcastles, exploring caves or flying kites. The wonderful thing about this remote coast is that even in the height of the tourist season you will often find that you will have this and other outstanding nearby beaches to yourself. In Spring the area is covered in wild flowers, some common, some very rare. There are few roads heading inland from the coast where the wild and beautiful moorland stretches on for miles. Just a mile or so along this route is the ancient Strathy Priest’s Stone, it is said that, should anyone try to move it, terrible storms would be drawn to the area, a little further inland you will find the Strathy Forest full of history and stories from the past. Strathy and the surrounding area were dramatically affected by the Highland Clearances in the early 19th century with many folk from inland communities being forcibly relocated from their fertile and relatively sheltered lands to the harsher environment of the coast, the route follows on to Reay, It is within the historic county of Caithness, the village is on the A836 road some 12 miles west of the town of Thurso and 3 miles west of Dounreay. It was originally the site of a castle and its name derives from the Gaelic for 'fort on a mound, Since the 1950s it has been the site of two nuclear establishments, for the development of prototype fast breeder reactors and submarine reactor testing. Today most of these facilities are now being decommissioned. From Reay to finish at Thurso follow the A836 for about 8 miles through an ever changing landscape, filled with a rich and turbulent history. On this route starting from kinlochbervie the views are dramatic with mountain scenery, vast open sky's and sea, the chance to spot local wildlife both on land and the sea, stop over night at one of the many different types on accommodation this route, and fill your senses with all that the Scottish Highlands have to offer.
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