Saturday, 30 March 2019


 Thurso to Wick 

Someone must have told Scotland it’s summer after all, as we woke up to sunshine this morning! 

Today the plan was to return back up the A9 to Thurso and continue along the coastal road back down to Wick (the typical NC500 route.) 

The first stop for the day was the Castle of Mey, this is the only residence that HRH Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, owned in her own right. 

She fell in love with the property shortly after King George VI died, whilst visiting some friends in Thurso. 

You have a timed tour included in your ticket price so we wandered around the Victorian Walled Garden in the grounds whilst we waited for our allocated time slot. 

We didn’t have long to wait until our time slot, so we made our way to the castle entrance to be greeted by our tour guide, Jane.

The tour takes approximately one hour and if you do decide to visit the Castle of Mey, I hope Jane is your guide as she is extremely good at her job! She was extremely knowledgeable about The Queen Mother and she definitely made our visit entertaining. 

Inside the castle, there are various personal items that belonged to The Queen Mother and numerous personal photographs of the Royal family. If you have any interest in the family, you will certainly enjoy the castle! 

They also have a small petting farm on the grounds, which as a massive animal lover I really enjoyed. They had baby ducks and chicks which were extremely cute, be sure to say hello to Alice the donkey. 

Once we had finished at the castle, it was time for us to visit the famous John O’ Groats signpost. Having also visited Lands End it’s great to say that I have seen the sign at John O’ Groats however if you visit here I personally feel it’s also worthwhile to make the trip to Duncansby Head and Stacks.

It’s a short walk from the car park at Duncansby head down to the stacks, but one you should definitely make. It’s a fantastic view and for those who love birds, there are numerous sea birds nesting on the sides, unfortunately, we didn’t spy any Puffin. 

As we were walking back to the car the weather began to change very rapidly, so be prepared for that if you visit Scotland! Luckily we able to run to the car before the downpour started! I know it doesn't seem believable from the photos!

Thanks for coming along on our North Coast 500 journey!
Lots of Love

Natasha Audrey

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