Monday 9th May 2016 – 1203.21 miles.
Above us at the top of a group of trees we were greeted by a cacophony of rooks in their rookery.
We looked back and could just see the Castle of Mey nestled in the trees and behind it, the most northerly point in the UK mainland, Dunnet Head.
A little further on we had a beautiful view of the Caithness coastline towards Duncansby Head. The golden yellow gorse blossoms against the blue sky was stunning.
Chris came by to say good morning – he was just going down to watch the ferry coming in from Orkney.
Can’t believe we’ve walked so far. We were chatting to Chris when we heard a car horn beeping. The car pulled in and it was Doug and Bev who we’d met earlier on our walk along the Great Glen Way. Those of you who have been following our blog might remember that they have been walking LEJOG in sections and they finished yesterday. They were on their way to take the ferry across to the Orkneys for a few days. Well done both of you and hope your trip is a good one.
We arranged to meet up with Chris later and continued on. Easy walking today as it was mostly level and not much traffic.
We walked by Canisbay Kirk. Although there had been a place of worship here since 6AD the present church dates from the 17th century. The Queen Mum regularly attended church when she was at the Castle and the tower was used as a beacon for sailors on the treacherous Pentland Firth.
Just a few miles more and we found ourselves walking past an old mill then along the seemingly endless straight road into John o’Groats. Chris was waiting for us and we stopped for a brief rest before turning left and taking our last steps towards the end of the road which marked the end of our epic journey.
We had our photo taken by the, now famous, signpost. Sadly the one that you could have customised (like we did at Land’s End) is no longer there. So, although it says that Land’s End is 874 miles away, believe me when I say that we have walked every inch of 1203.21 miles.
As we were having our photo taken a young woman, her name is Courtney, came out of Natural Retreats The Storehouse to give us a medal and certificate each and asked us in to sign the book and give them our details.
We went in and enjoyed a coffee and signed the book before Chris drove us back up to the hotel to check in. We took our bags to our room then, while I wrote the blog for yesterday, Dave and Chris went to Lidl in Thurso to get a few bits and pieces. So nice to sit with my feet up and relax. Needless to say we didn’t do anything much for the rest of the day – after all, we’d had enough excitement for one day!!