Approximate Duration:

4 Hours 2 Minutes

Approximate Distance:

149 miles (240 km)

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Cian Bus

North West Scotland

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Route at a Glance

[ Cian Bus – (Gaelic – meaning faraway muzzle) ] – If you want stunning beaches and to be absolutely remote and very far away from the maddening crowd then this is where you want to be. Starting at the Northern most tip of mainland Britain – Dunnet head. You will not believe that such stunning beaches can be found in the UK. You will be hard pressed to believe you are on such a small island as the UK. This is big land, big skies and big seas.

Route Notes & Highlights

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  • Dunnet Head – The true most northerly point of Scotland and Mainland Britain.
  • Thurso East Reef Break – A surfers dream, The Guardian say “One of the best waves in Europe – simple as that”, and has hosted many international competitions.
  • Strathy Bay – A fantastic sandy beach with a number of awards to it’s name.
  • Farr Beach, Bettyhill – Magnificent beach to West of Bettyhill with long sandy stretch. Super clean. Not so easy to access unless you know how! Best approached from the West end (Torrisdale). The beach offers excellent surfing when conditions are right as well as amazing walking, kiting, etc. Although Bettyhill is nearby, a river separates the beach from the village so you have to treck round.
  • John O’Groats – Often mistaken as the most northerly point, possibly due to the ferry location however this is a popular photo opportunity at the John O’Groats sign.
  • Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust – The Castle of Mey was the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, when Her Majesty generously gifted it with an endowment to the Trust. A grand building with seasonal opening months, May through to September with all the amenities such as visitor centre, tearoom, shop, grounds and animal centre.


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