• The North Coast

    Empty Landscapes, White Beaches, Rocky Shores, Forgotten Villages...

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This is some of Britain's most spectacular and undisturbed coastline, from the wild and remote Cape Wrath in the far northwest, to John O'Groats, that perennial favourite of sponsored walkers, in the far northeast. In between lie over 100 miles of storm-lashed cliffs, sheer rocky headlands and deserted sandy coves, all waiting to be explored. It's also a great place for birdwatching, with vast colonies of seabirds, and there's a good chance of seeing seals, porpoises and minke whales in the more sheltered estuaries.

Getting around the far north without your own transport can be a slow process. Getting to Thurso, the main town, by bus or train is easy, but beyond that things get more difficult. Details of what little public transport there is are given under the relevant destination.