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  • Ard Mor, Bettyhill in the north of Scotland in the county of Caithness and Sutherland. Twelve miles across the tempestuous Pentland Firth from John o Groats, Hoy, on Orkney, this is even closer to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the UK mainland with its 100 metre high cliffs

    Bettyhill is a village in the parish of Farr, on the north coast of Scotland. Bettyhill lies on the A836 road 32 miles west of Thurso and 12 miles from Tongue.

    Ard Mor is the high peninsula north of Bettyhill village, beyond the sands of Farr Bay.

    The walk around it is very rough and pathless and is best left for experienced walkers, it gives superb coastal views, it is about 2 miles, be careful not to walk too close to the edge of the cliff though in this area.

    Making your way to the north then west from the main part of the village brings you to Bettyhill's now rather lonely pier, in the mouth of the River Naver and opposite a wide expanse of rock-backed dunes,

    The starting point is at the sign for the Pier turn right off it onto a track, look for the Ard Mor viewpoint sign follow the track to the car park on the left hand side, from the car park follow the track to the memorial overlooking Farr Bay, follow the coast line, you will come across part of a low fence pass over this and continue on being careful of the cliff edge, which can become slippery being on the coast, as you reach a second fence, there is a short and steep but brief descent then continue the walk to the high ground over the cliffs to the Ard Mor headland with views on a clear day commanding some of the most extensive views you are likely to find anywhere in northern Scotland, and the magnificence of one of Europe’s last wildernesses.

    Follow the route to a house and boundary,cross a stile over a fence just short of the boundary wall and then following the wall to the right, keeping along the edge of the boundary, the wall slowly descends towards the level of the coastline, reaching a grassy track at the back of an old salmon netting station and ice-house, now in ruins, Continue on the track until you come to the tarmac road follow the road leading back towards Bettyhill, take a left turn before the lochan to return to the car park.