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


Day 40 - Durness to Bettyhill

A blistering hot morning. I set off, passing Smoo Cave again and soon cycled round Loch Eriboll. On the Durness side, stones have been arranged towards the top of the ridge forming the names of old ships that visited the area years ago. I have been told that the sailors arranged the stones and local schoolchildren painted them white.

I stopped to speak with a couple in a motorhome as I left Loch Eriboll and they told me about a new ferry service to The Orkneys from Gills Bay. I would have a choice of 3 different services to choose from when I go to John O'Groats.

I cycled through Tongue and up to Bettyhill. Here the campsite was £4 a night and was very near a beach. It was a beautiful day so I spent an hour and a half on the beach.

The campsite is quite run down, the facilities are very dated and the owners don't bother cutting the grass.

According to the map, John O'Groats is only 52 miles away now.

Distance travelled today was 39 miles.


Photograph of sky, sea and mountains
Sky, sea and mountains


Photograph of Loch Eriboll
Loch Eriboll


Photograph of the Kyle of Tongue
Kyle of Tongue




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