The rain did slow to a drizzle after breakfast, so I set out to walk some of the beaches, coast and areas around North Berwick. Of course I picked up several geocaches and photos along the way.
We headed north today – all the way north.
John o’ Groats
We walked out along the coast, leaving the tourist area behind. There were even two caches along our route – the most northerly mainland caches.
We stopped here mainly to eat, but we also visited the “shortest street”
Ebenezer Place was built in 1883 and measures only 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) long. It has only one address: No 1.
It was also the location of our last geocache of this holiday.
For a small Highland town Invergordon can be very busy – cruise liners stop here. Today there were two of them at the docks. We were stopped by four Americans, who asked for directions, their cruise was heading on to Reykjavik and then to New York.
We visited the interesting museum, avoided the craft fair and any cafe, but still picked up four geocaches in this very busy town.
Having spent some time on the couches in the Sunflower Too (sic) Cafe, and with the weather now turned sunny we went for a walk along the coast at Tain.
We went first to Evanton to walk in the Community Wood there and to look at Black Rock Gorge. Along the way we picked up geocaches.
Black Rock Gorge
The river at the bottom is the River Glass which passes out of the gorge into Evanton Wood.
Evanton Wood and the River Glass
We were doing well picking up caches in Alness, when we dropped into the Alness Heritage Centre. The next couple of hours was spent, very enjoyably, being shown around by Jim, one of the volunteers. He was an excellent guide, he showed us and told us about dozens of exhibits we would never had seen or understood. We also got tea there and homemade shortbread.
This is an iron, that is heated using pressurised paraffin, made by the Tilley company who still make Tilley lamps today. Tilley lamps make good flame throwers if the pressurised paraffin is released before the lamp is fully primed! Not the safest way to put creases in your clothes, especially if you are left handed, as the emergency pressure release valve is clearly visible in the photo.
We made a plan over a late breakfast to go walking for the day in a nearby forest, but we took the wrong turning and just kept going. It was sunny, we had the roof down on the car and the scenery was great. A check of the geocache map showed there were plenty ahead of us.
We stopped in Cannich for coffee and cake at the Bog Cotton Cafe and then onto geocaching and walking.
Corrimony Cairn is an ancient burial mound, built about 4000 years ago.
When we got back to the campsite having had a great day out in glorious weather with the roof down, we discovered the site was flooded in places. The heavy rain started at Dingwall at about 11am and went on and on for four hours!
So for a day that started by taking a wrong turning, it turned out alright for us.
We drove to Glenurquhart Forest using the A833, rather than via Inverness, as the day was good enough to get the hood down on the MX-5 and it is a much more exciting drive.
Once there it was a great place to walk, have our lunch, brew some tea and we scored several caches as well.
We did drive back along Loch Ness.