I spent my first evening in the shepherd´s hut (and every other one too) just staring out of the window, overlooking Tongue Bay and watching the change of tide and colours. The sunset went on for hours – the best tv ever!
The hut is situated at the end of the road near Skullomie, looking out on the bay towards Talmine. Walking up the hill behind the hut it was possible to see the little harbour of Skullomie and some ruins of houses left behind after the Highland Clearances.
Duncansby Head – the most northeastern point of mainland Scotland. And while looking towards Orkney, it was the moment I decided my next Scottish summer will be spent on the islands (we will see if it will happen this year like planned or if I´ll have to postpone a year). But back to that sunny afternoon at Duncansby Head.
This beautiful spot is often overshadowed by John o´Groats, it´s westerly neighbour, which is just a bit more famous.
Duncansby Head sits on top high cliffs and is the home of a lighthouse, built in 1924, lots of sheep and several bird colonies.
The view towards Orkney and also John o`Groats is absolutely stunning, but don´t get back into your car yet. Take a walk over the little hill towards the cliffs on the other side. The sheep will ignore you.
This little walk will bring you to Geo of Sclaites, a big split into the cliffs and the home of thousands of birds.
The next highlight was already visible from the top of the hill, the stunning view south to Thirle Door and the Stacks of Duncansby. A rocky arch and a group of large jagged sea stacks.
I made my way back along the single track road and also did a short stop in John o`Groats. It is a distance of 876 miles from here to Land´s End, the most southwestern point of mainland UK in Cornwall.
The hut at the end of the road
In the late afternoon, I arrived at my home for the next three days, the hut at the end of the road, near Tongue.