An epic journey to the far north and back to southern Spain. Travelling the quick route (by air!) to Edinburgh, and then by train to Thurso in the far north of Scotland. The journey north on the train is amazing – from Edinburgh to Inverness, right into the heart of Highlands, and then to the lowlands behind the Highlands. The first leg of the journey takes about 3 hours, we will have two hour wait in beautiful Inverness with its great shopping mall, and then a further 4 hours to the far flung most northerly corner of the UK mainland. The first part of the journey from Inverness is particularly spectacular, travelling along the east coast through small villages and towns such as Brora, Golspie and Helmsdale with their quaint fishing villages. We will not have the time this time, but it is great to explore these fascinating towns and enjoy a walk and a blether in one of the cafes.
Travelling across the famous Flow Country, one of the last wildernesses of Europe, is a treat in itself. The peatlands and wetlands of Caithness and Sutherland are far from the dry arid wilderness around Almeria, which is no less fascinating. Just different! There are a number of small stations you can disembark at and explore. At Kildonan, you can pan for gold… a great day out. You can purchase a copy of the book “Kildonan Gold” in our on line shop at http://www.dunnethead.co.uk.
Tina’s Travels will keep you posted! Meanwhile, you can read about our LetsGoNorth meets LetsGoSouth project at www.letsgosouth.co.uk.