John O'Groats Off The Beaten Path

  • Freswick Bay and House.
    Freswick Bay and House.
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  • Minke whale skull outside Skirza House.
    Minke whale skull outside Skirza House.
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  • Our host from Skirza House.
    Our host from Skirza House.
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    Meeting The Friendly Locals at Skirza.

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 9, 2011

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    Minke whale skull outside Skirza House.
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    Whilst camped at Nybster, we took the motorbike along to Skirza, down to the pier. This is in fact another of those little harbours, sufficient for the locals small boats. It was incredibly sheltered here despite it blowing a gale where we were camped.

    We stopped to admire a wonderful vegetable garden and were soon in conversation with the proud owner who was out digging up some potatoes for Sunday lunch.

    He told us the wind here was deflected by the coastal wall thus leaving his garden shelterd from the elements. it was a magnificent garden in two or three sections, absolutely full of produce. This man must have supplied the whole of the community with vegs he was so successful.

    The cottage our host lived in had been the pilot for the Pentland Firth crossing's cottage. Outside his house he had displayed a couple of minke whale skulls,most impressive remains!!

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    • Fishing
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Farm Stay

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    Freswick Bay.

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 9, 2011

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    Freswick Bay and House.
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    This beautiful wild bay was completely unexpected - on the way back from Skirza at the end of the road, I noticed a dirt track heading to the coast. The map told us it ended by a beach so being on the motorbike we followed the track to the end. Wow! Here we found a fantastic sandy bay with not a soul about and room to camp, had we wanted (although a little tight for a motorhome.) There's a row of what I have read are tank traps but were these to stop tanks leaving or entering the beach?

    Across the bay sits Freswick House, which I think plays host to artists from all walks of life. It is an imposing building, prominently sited on the edge of the coast.

    unfortunately it was rather misty and wet while we were here but we very quickly spotted a seal surfing in the waves so were engrossed for a while, despite the weather!

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    • Whale Watching
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Beaches

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