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Photograph by Alistair Pryde of Words & Pictures,

Ask not for whom the hound roos; she roos for thee.
(From: "Send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." John Donne, 1624)

   

 

Tara on the main A836,
just outside Altnaharra
  At Dunnet Head - furthest point North on the British mainland Us at John o' Groats - one end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland, with Land's End in Cornwall lying 876 mi (1,410 km) southwest

May began as April ended – with the clearing up after the renderers had departed. What a mess they left! However, with the help of the great local tradesmen we know, things have got sorted out more or less. The grass is still a bit of a mess, with lumps of dried render all over the place, but apart from that we’re happy. It’s late May as we’re writing this, and we’re still in Altnaharra as we reach the end of our anniversary celebration break. Last evening we had our traditional dinner at the Altnaharra Hotel – we’ve been doing this since 1990! And it didn’t disappoint. In 1994, we had Hannah with us in her carrycot and this year we had Tara with us on her rug. A lovely meal with lovely people in a lovely place. We got into conversation with Walter, the ghillie, who regaled us with fabulous stories from his 62 year in the job. A ghillie is a person who is employed to advise and support visitors’ fishing (in this case) and hunting. Fascinating. We also got talking to a guy working on the Creag Riabhach wind farm site, which was very interesting indeed – hearing how they transport the 22 huge generator units from Inverness here, by road, was amazing. He though it would be working later this year and as we drove passed the site we could see that they were well on the way.

Earlier in the month, we had a new garage door fitted – the old one was about 30 years old and was, frankly, knackered! The new one is very swish and quiet! We went for dinner with Hannah and Ben (and Tara) to the Kings Lodge Inn in Durham (used to be Finnbar’s) which was brilliant. Ian went to a conference in Edinburgh with UHI, involving his first train journey since before the lockdowns started.

So, we have decided to complete the Six Points Tour at long last! Regular visits to this website (and we know you’re out there) might remember that some years ago we planned a road trip visiting the four furthest compass points on the UK mainland, plus the two points furthest apart (hence Six Points). For many reasons we never did it, but we are now determined to complete it. As a start, and while we were up at the top end of the country, we did John O’Groats and Dunnet Head (furthest North) so that’s a third of it completed. We intend to do Ness Point (furthest East) or Ardnamurchan Point (furthest West) later this year and then the last three next year. Our progress on that plan will be shown on our travel blog that can be found via the Adventures link in the menu on the left.

 
   
Today is: 2022
Site last updated: Friday, June 03 2022
 

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