SUNDAY 3RD OCTOBER, 2010
DUNNET TO BRIMS CASTLE – 17 MILES 8 HOURS
MORRIS, GEORGE, BILL, ALEX, COLIN, DEREK, JAMES, JOHN, KEITH
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED SO FAR 681 MILES
Another sharp start was the order of the day and after breakfast we were back at Dunnet walking on the beautiful sands of the bay before 0900. Although a bit cloudy the forecast was good and we looked forward to another enjoyable day. On the walk along the beach one or two heavy flowing streams and a river had to be crossed. On leaving the beach we walked passed Castletown harbour and the ruins of the old flagstone works which during the 18th century exported stone across the world. During WWII an R.A.F. fighter base in Castletown played an important part in the protection of Scapa Flow. From here we followed a good grass path close to the sea passed Murkle Bay, Clardon Haven and the ruins of Thurso Castle into Thurso. We crossed the river Thurso by the footbridge and had a lunch stop at the excellent Tempest Cafe at the harbour. Feeling refreshed and happy to see sunshine and blue skies we made our way along the sands of Thurso Bay, passed the caravan site and on to Scrabster Harbour. From the harbour we took the lighthouse road onto the marked path for Holborn Head. Following a well used path we walked up the hillside to the point at Holborn Head. The cliff top views across to Dunnet Head and north to Orkney were fantastic. Equally amazing and at times exhilarating were the cliff edge views of the Clett and the many rock faces of the geos along the path to Ness of Litter. At Ness of Litter we made our way thru the huge disused quarry which is perched on the cliff tops and its many levels give it an unusual and eerie appearance. From the quarry we made our way downhill following sheep tracks along the cliff tops negotiating many varied geos passed the impressive Fort rock stack and onto the finish of the days walk at Port of Brims.
Summary; A fantastic days walking with great weather .This walk had it all, beaches, villages, town, harbours, castles, lighthouse, rock stacks, geos and amazing cliff top views. Good underfoot conditions and paths most of the way. And a great lunch stop
Highs; Lots but especially the cliff top views. The excellent Tempest cafe in Thurso
Lows; None .A day to remember.
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