40 Reasons Why You Should NEVER EVER EVER visit Caithness. Ever.

North Coast 500's very own Kenneth McElroy has a stark warning for all of you planning a visit to mainland Scotland's most northerly county...

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1. Want to visit Caithness? Prepare for an underwhelming experience...

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Loch of Camster



2. Firstly, there's the abysmal weather. There's never been a beach day in Caithness!

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Dunnet Head Lighthouse



3. But with beaches like these, why would you bother? They're so deserted!

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Dunnet Bay



4. Caithness is just so remote and dull. Who could enjoy all of this?

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View of Maiden's Pap and Morven



5. Or sights like this?

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Forss River and Forss Mill



6. Let's face it. Caithness is just not very colourful at all.

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John O'Groats Ferry and Natural Retreats



7. Just look at this drab sunrise!

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View overlooking Thurso Bay and Castle



8. The sunsets aren't much better either.

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View from Thurso Beach to Scrabster Bay



9. And once the sun's gone, don't expect much else either...

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Noss Head 



10. Nope, nothing to see here!

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View from Castlehill



11. Besides, your view will be obstructed by all these ancient monuments.

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Camster Cairns



12. Which aren't even impressive in the day time anyway!

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Camster Cairns



13. And just who on earth would be interested by Caithness' numerous mystical and enigmatic brochs?

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Dunbeath Broch



14. Or this secret poem, beautifully carved into the rocks?


Images by Kenneth McElroy

I'm not telling you where this is - it's a secret!


15. Or Caithness' array of the Game-Of-Thrones style castles - BORING!

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Sinclair Girnigoe Castle



16.  Another incredible castle...yawn!

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Keiss Castle



17.  Castle of Mey? More like Castle of 'Meh'!

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Castle of Mey



18.  But I suppose Caithness has some ALRIGHT walks, like Whaligoe Steps...

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Whaligoe Steps



19. Wait a second, you want me to climb HOW MANY STEPS?

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(330, to be precise...)



20. At least the rest of Caithness is famously flat and boring. No challenging peaks to conquer, phew!

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View Morven, from Maiden's Pap


21. In fact the scenery in Caithness is rather boring.

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Duncansby Stacks


22. I suppose some (weird) people would find this impressive.

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The Stacks of Duncansby with the Pentland Skerries just visible in the background


23. And some (ever weirder) people who would enjoy sailing through this massive sea arch!

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Sailing through Brig O'Trams with Caithness Seacoast


24. Of course don't bother looking for wildlife if you're out and about.

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Orca performing 'spotting' along the Caithness coast.


25. Because there's nothing.

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Highland Coos!


26. Caithness in not a place for nature lovers

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Twit-twho's taking a photo of me? (Sorry). A short-eared owl in Caithness.


27. And if you saw a cute baby animal, you're probably just imagining things...

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Baby seal pup...can't handle...the cuteness!


28. Puffins? Never heard of them.

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Puffin at Duncansby


29. Generally Caithness is void of anything remotely wild...

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Braying deer on the Caithness moorland


30. ...Not least the supposedly world class waves!

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Surf by Thurso East


31. Nope, Caithness sure doesn't have surf conditions perfect for beginners and professionals alike....OH GREAT LOOK, ANOTHER CASTLE! 

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Thurso Castle overlooking the Thurso East surf


32. And it's not like there's anywhere you can eat to top up your energy levels.

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Chocolate waffles at Stacks Bistro, John O'Groats


33. Nor is there anywhere that does fine dining with the fresh and delicious local produce!

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Nope, you won't find mouthwatering meals at the  Mackays Hotel's No1 Bistro...


34. Caithness can't even do a good cup of coffee...

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Need a caffeine hit? Head to The Blue Door Coffee Shop and Dinner!


34. All Caithness is good for is some signpost...

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The John O'Groats Signpost beside Natural Retreats


35. It's not like there's an award-winning gin distillery in Caithness, is there?

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Dunnet Bay Distillery, producers of the award-winning Rock Rose Gin


36. Is a craft brewery brewery too much to ask for, Caithness?

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John O'Groats Brewery's "Swelkie" and "Golden Groat"


37. If you're planning on visiting - forget it. There's not even anywhere nice to stay!

Natural Retreats, John O'Groats


38. Come on, would you like to stay the night here?? Thought as much!

Natural Retreats, John O'Groats


39. I mean how could anyone get to sleep with all those dazzling colours outside! Ridiculous!


Natural Retreats, John O'Groats


40. Let me make myself clear:

You. Will. Not. Fall. Madly. In. Love. With. Caithness.

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Tormore B&B, Dunbeath

Posted: 09/01/2017 17:58:26 by Gordon M
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