If you are a munro-bagger, the far north of Scotland is a place renowned for being the inconvenient location of the two most northerly munros - Ben Hope and Ben Klibreck.
However, if you are a normal human being with a passion for the outdoors, Sutherland and Caithness are just fabulous.
Jacqueline and I are just back from a great trip up to the north of Scotland.
It’s “only” four hours to Ullapool and another hour and a bit to Durness. Before you leave, it always seems like a long drive, but once you get there, you realise what a brilliant place it is!
In our five days we scrambled on Stac Pollaidh; walked all three of the Corbetts of Quinag; watched the Army pound Cape Wrath with artillery shells fired from Faraid Head; went to the remote and beautiful Sandwood Bay; ticked off the most Northerly Munro; and scrambled on the lovely rock at Portskerra.
What we didn’t do is now a list as long as your arm – so many amazing hills to explore; heaps and heaps of rock climbing – with possibilities for new routing on the 1000s of unclimbed crags; long distance walks; remote bothies and wild camping; sea kayaking, beach-combing, chilling and relaxing. The big problem for the next trip is what to do first…
If you haven’t been that far north, you really must go!