North Coast 500 and Wider North Highlands Attractions
The North Highlands have always been a fabulous location to spend a few days exploring the sights and scenes and many activities. But as typified by the North Coast 500 initiative we are now finding increasing numbers of you using us as a stopping place to investigate the wider highlands. In this section there are some attractions to visit from Inverness, John O’Groats to Durness and the magnificent beaches and rugged coastline all around Caithness and Sutherland.
John O’Groats to the north and Orkney is a short ferry trip from Scrabster, in Thurso. A day trip with ancient history to see from several millennia back from the Standing Stones of Stenness to the unique Skara Brae and much more! Other Orkney ferries and day trips from Jogferry, Pentland Ferries from nearby Gills Bay offers competitive rates.
Walking, Bike riding or just appreciating the wonderful Mountains and Glens and Lochs, for example, only a few miles inland, a fitting compliment for the dramatic coastal setting. Or Wildlife Cruises from a few miles up the coast take in Puffins as well!
Some useful links
Castle of Mey, www.castleofmey.org.uk :: Orkney, the Island, www.visitorkney.com :: Orkney Ferry – Northlinks, www.northlinkferries.co.uk :: Pentland Ferries, www.pentlandferries.co.uk :: Boat Tours, www.jogferry.co.uk :: Timespan – Highland History, www.timespan.org.uk
Accommodation – Business Directory UK – Listings for hotels, B & B’s and guest houses.