High Road
 

Scotlands Route 66 Itinerary: High Road Map

About the High Road

THE HIGH ROAD

 

 

The High Road stretches from Cape Wrath in the West to John O'Groats in the East.

The High Road contains many different features to its Landscape and is rich in Wildlife. This is all part of the most Northerly Counties of Sutherland and Caithness, (world famous for its Bogs).

Don’t worry when I say Bogs, it actually refers to the peatland.

It’s better known as “The Flow Country” which is a large, rolling expanse of peatland and wetland area of Caithness and Sutherland.

It is the largest expanse of blanket bog in Europe, and covers about 4,000 square kilometres.

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But apart from Bogs, the High Road has a varied wildlife from the sea to the Land, scenery to die for and much more to offer.

 

The Main Town you’ll come across is Thurso but the High Road is dotted with numerous villages, all with there own story to tell..

The Main stopping points on the NC500 appear to be the far west points by Durness and the easterly area of John O’Groats, but there is so much more to the High Road than these main areas. Along with the Flow Country, the area is steeped in History.

As always, time is of the essence but if you have, we highly recommend a trip off the High Road down the A897 to the likes of Forsinard and Kinbrace.  Here you see the vastness of the flow country and the abundance of birds life.

Whether venturer or adventurer you will find this region rich in unique leisure opportunities. Go surfing at Thurso East at the world famous reef break, or join the ‘end-to-enders’ and visit the northerly extremes on the UK mainland at Dunnet Head or John O’Groats.

Take time to unwind under gigantic skies in our ancient land and tread in the footsteps of our Pictish and Norse ancestors whose enigmatic architectural remains cover our landscape. If you’re lucky you might even see the Northern Lights in our clear dark skies.

A Lot of this Northern Land May Seem Flat but it has so much that many miss most of it.

Wildlife is abundant, from sea birds too numerous to mention to seal, whales, dolphins, and much more.

Durness also lays claim to a visitor of World Renown, from the age of nine to the age of sixteen, the most famous Beatle, the late John Lennon, shared his boyhood holidays with cousins at Sangomore in Durness. And in Song, ” In My Life” was supposedly written by Lennon, about places, including Durness.