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Old 19 Aug 20, 08:47 PM  
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One mad woman and her dog, NC500 Aug 2020 - day 5 Wick to Tongue

Waking up I take the boss out for a quick wee, then head back to the room. Breakfast for him and shower for me.
This hotel has been absolutely ideal, the only negative for me is that the walls and ceilings were paper thin, and I think the other guests of the hotel found the Wetherspoons too. This made Max a bit unsettled as it was pitch black by this time and quite noisy, so I had to sleep the first part of the night with my foot in his bed to keep him calm. But then all went quiet and we had a lovely night sleep. The bed was amazing.
We have breakfast in the residents lounge, which was great, and they even bring Max a sausage.


Then itís time to check out, weíve been very leisurely this morning because a couple of the first suggested stops are here in Wick, but donít open until 10.
I first head in the car to the Old Pulteney whisky distillery to look at souvenirs for DH. The weather this morning is overcast to say the least, and I drive through some very industrial type areas. The town has a very different look and feel to it than yesterday strangely. I arrive and the smell of the whisky greets me, but unfortunately also does a sign saying they were closed. I snap a photo then off we go.

Next is the Wick Heritage museum. I arrive at 10.04am to a big closed sign on the door. I decide to sit it out for a minute, and a lady does arrive and go through the door about 10.10am, but despite sitting it out for a while, the door remains shut with the big closed sign on the door.
I know these places are small, but I wish they had updated their website/social media as I had got the impression they would be open.

I wonít be deterred at my next stop though, Tesco petrol station, I only need just over a tenner, but itís really cheap, 114.8p so decide to top the tank up and itís on to John OíGroats. Iím glad we didnít stay here the night, but it was a great little stop. Thankfully most things are open, so I head into the little Brewery and get DH 3 local beers from the brewery in the village £10.50, then grab myself a coffee for the car, £2.90.

Itís then onto Duncansby head lighthouse. And a bit of a walk over the field to the sea stacks. I really enjoyed it here too.

The Castle of Mey is my next stop, this once used to be owned by the Queen mother and apparently has lovely gardens. I was hoping to be able to nip in like Dunrobin yesterday for a quick mooch and a photo, but they are only letting people in with pre-booked gardens tickets. They are super friendly though and point out where on the road I can get a quick photo. Then itís onwards and upwards again.

I follow the signs then for Dunnet Head. This is the most furtherly north place in the UK (not actually John OíGroats). This was a longish single track road to get there, and again there is a lighthouse, and viewpoints over to the Orkney islands. Again very worth the trip up and Max enjoys the walk around. Good practice for the single track roads too.

Back down the long winding track and itís the Dunnet Bay gin distillery next. I donít drink gin either, but my husband and best friend do, so I nip in and buy them some souvenirs £19.50.

Iím desperate for a wee at this point, and the lady from the gin shop points me next door to hotel where they have outdoor toilets they donít mind people using. I notice a really busy eating area, and a quick google later and they are doing eat out to help out. Itís nearly 2pm by this point, and Iím hungry, so I grab Max and sit outside. I order a lime and soda and some mac and cheese.

This turns out to be a great idea, as I donít really see anywhere else to stop on the way, itís also delicious and costs me a whole £6.48.

I spy a sign for a beach, and the boy has been so good, we go for a walk on Dunnet Bay Beach. This is absolutely stunning, and we both absolutely love it.

Well I do until he brings me a present. 🤢

Onto our destination for the evening, the village of Tongue. It doesnít look that far, but the roads quickly become single track, very hilly and winding, and this time there are HGVís rumbling past. I have to be honest I find it fairly traumatic, and donít really get to take in the very stunning scenery for trying to avoid sheep who are napping in the passing places! I really wish I had stopped to photograph the roads. Truly beautiful but I didnít half wish DH was here.

But I make it in one piece, with a rather big sigh of relief. I unclench my hands, and check into my room, itís a single which is no problem, in fact the bathroom is bigger than the bedroom strangely.

They have left me a complementary bottle of wine though which is a nice touch (I pack this for another night) I have a cool shower and just chill out for an hour or so with my book.

Itís very warm, and incredibly midgey, I must have about 50 bites on me, but the bed is comfy.

We go down and I order dinner, onion bhajiís followed by lamb shank. The food is a little expensive, but absolutely lovely.


Iím quite tired, so I take Max out for a very quick walk round the village, then we head back upstairs.

I think I have a lot of single track driving to do in the morning, so I have an early night watching MAFS Australia in bed. I think the older I get the earlier my bedtimes do 😂
Itís been a really good day despite a couple of closure early on.

Miles travelled in a car - 95
Amount spent £79.50
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Old 19 Aug 20, 09:56 PM  
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I have never been that far north, it looks amazing. Definitely on my list now x
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Great day Mitch, you will soon get used to the road- just take your time. The sheep do tend to stay put

There's a storm brewing over Ireland and winds look like they could be nasty depending what direction they take so take care over the next couple of days and enjoy the beautiful North West
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Originally Posted by christybell View Post
Great day Mitch, you will soon get used to the road- just take your time. The sheep do tend to stay put

There's a storm brewing and winds look nasty so take care over the next couple of days
Thanks for letting me know! Will do. Itís Ullapool tomorrow so fingers crossed it wonít be too bad 🤞
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Hi Mitch.

I've just caught up with your trip report so far and it looks as though you're having a lovely time. I've done a solo trip before and I do like the alone time (and early nights) but being with your dog must add a different dimension to a solo trip.

Enjoy the next few days!
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OMG, that road sounds terrifying! Glad you made it to Tongue safely. Some nice views today.
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Lovely photos. Getting me excited for our trip now.x
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I know I'm late to this, but just wanted to say Max is lovely and you both seemed to have such a great time, our 2 Labs loved Dunnet Bay last year, we didn't quite make Dunnet Head, got half way along and it was such slow going we turned around. You are braver than I am, I made DH drive!
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I know I'm late to this, but just wanted to say Max is lovely and you both seemed to have such a great time, our 2 Labs loved Dunnet Bay last year, we didn't quite make Dunnet Head, got half way along and it was such slow going we turned around. You are braver than I am, I made DH drive!
Oh had my husband been with me I would have been sat eating haribo and snapping photos, no way would I have braved it.
Thankyou so much, I always think Max has a look of your black lab, is that Toby, or have I got them mixed up? X
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Oh goodness, I have heard about the Midges up there, but 50 bites.! Yikes.

The scenery is stunning though, just beautiful. Your mac and cheese looks good too...
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