Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2


Day 39 - Rest in Durness

Back in the Tourist Information office, I check the location of the Puffins again. I was in the right place last night but hadn't walked far enough down in the dodgy path in the mist. I would try again later tonight.

I came across a document produced by a local man about the Sango radar/radio early warning station built in Durness during the 1940's. I walked over to Leirinbeg headland to see the remians of this station and take photos. This is located between Smoo Cave and the beach by the campsite.

I slept well in the afternoon, and spent some time in the evening with my neighbours in a motorhome. They fed me a burger and some sausages.

The time for Puffin searching had arrived, so off I cycled once again to Balnakeil. On the way I was stopped by a French man who wanted to take a photograph of me on my bike - the lighting was very good here. From Balnakeil it was by foot across the beach along the Faraid Head headland. About half way long the beach I stopped to talk with a woman collecting shells, and then carried on to the dodgy path. This time I walked as far as I could dare and waited for a few minutes but not a Puffin was to be found. I would have to wait for anoher year.

On the way back, I walked with Kamilla the shell collector as she made her way home to Lotte Glob's pottery where she was working on a placement.

After a couple of hours of phone calls in the evening, I had missed last orders at the Oasis bar.



Photograph of the plaque on the Durness Millenium Cairn
The plaque on the Durness Millenium Cairn



Photograph of the Durness Millenium Cairn
The Durness Millenium Cairn



Photograph of some remains from the Sango radio station
Remains of Sango radio station, Durness



Photograph of some more remains from the Sango radio station
Remains from the Sango radio station, Durness



Photograph of Durness
Durness




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