My strategy for driving North Coast 500 was to have a beak from driving around the halfway point. My plan for my driving rest day was to walk to Sandwood Bay, one of Scotland’s most isolated and beautiful beaches. It is a good two hour walk to get there from the nearest car park at Blairmore, a few miles North of Kinlochbervie. The weather however was still not cooperating, so I reverted to Plan B – a day trip to Handa Island, a nature reserve managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Up bright and early, I enjoyed an excellent breakfast prepared by Isobel before heading off just before 8.30am. It was a mixed weather forecast and I had a lot of driving ahead of me, so was keen to get going. Continue reading
Back in late May, North Coast 500 (NC500) was quietly launched in Inverness. It is billed as Scotland’s answer to Route66. NC500 is a 500 mile loop starting at Inverness, taking in some of the most scenic coastal scenery in the most remote corner of Scotland. I had planned to drive NC500 in June, but snow fell on 1 June, so that put me off and I went to Jamaica instead! However, I was still mad keen to drive this amazing route before the short days arrive, so this morning I set off from Edinburgh. Continue reading
This weekend I was looking around at things to do and discovered there was a “Wartime Experience” day at Scotland’s National Museum of Flight at East Fortune – about 20 miles from Edinburgh. This day was part of the UK’s 70th celebrations for VE day – Victory Europe, celebrating the end of WW2. Combined with the museum’s main attraction, the “Concorde Experience”, I drove out the A1 to East Lothian to see some magnificent men and lots of flying machines. Continue reading