We had a lovely night at the Crask Inn thanks to the hospitality of Mike and Kai. Great locally sourced highland cooking at its best.
The weather was forecast for rain and some strong southerly winds and that’s just what we got. Thankfully the first 30 miles was an undulating trip down the Strathnaver trail which took in more spectacular landscape and some places of historic importance like Rosal, a settlement decimated during the infamous Highland clearance.
While we were taking in our beautiful surroundings it had not escaped our notice that the tripometer was edging nearer a major milestone…
That was cause for a celebration, a mug of coffee and chance to dry out at the Bettyhill hotel. From here, things started to get harder with the route now sticking to the dramatic coastline with its hilly road taking in some amazing bays and high headlands.
The sun was out however, and despite having to pedal down the south facing hills we were making reasonable time.
Coming into Thurso past Scrabster harbour we had a great view of Orkney just as a rainbow arched over it’s towering southern cliffs. A fitting end to our penultimate day.