North Coast 500. Part II

This week I’m travelling to Spain. I’m going to spend a few weeks there, enjoying the sun, the heat and the company of my family and friends… My plan is to rest and disconnect. At least for a few days, I won’t think about grey clouds and rainy days. I really need some Spanish summer this year 🙂

This means that there’s not going to be post until September. But I didn’t want to go before sharing with you some more photos of my recent trip to Scotland. A few weeks ago I showed you the first day of my trip driving through the North Coast 500, the coastal route that encircles the northern part of Scotland. The second day on the route was shorter than the first one, just 240 km, but it was a very complete day. We started the day in Skerray and continued driving to the east until Dunnet Head and John O’Groats, and then headed to the south until we reached Helmsdale, where we slept that night.

It was a very exciting day. The weather wasn’t very good at the beginning, it was a bit rainy, very grey and windy. We started the day visiting the beautiful beaches and cliffs of Strathy Point beaten by huge waves in our way to Dunnet Head. By the time we arrived to the lighthouse of Dunnet, the weather had improved a bit and we could enjoy the sight of the bird colonies that nest there during the summer. There we found a lovely surprise: puffins!! The adorable seabirds we met in Iceland last year (and I showed you here) also nest in some parts of the Scottish coast. I loved seeing and photographing them again (although this time I couldn’t get as close to them as I did in Iceland). The day continued with the visit to the beautiful Castle of May and the cliffs and lighthouse of John O’Groats, where we saw a few more puffins from afar. After that, we drove south following the coast and we visited the impressive ruins of the Sinclair Girnigoe Castle and the rest of the neolithic burial monument of Cairn O’Get.

Here is a selection of photos of that day. I hope you like it!

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In the middle of nowhere. Canon EOS 1200D 25mm f/4 1/250sec. ISO 100
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Bettyhill beach. Canon EOS 1200D 10mm f/11 1/320sec. ISO 100
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Dunnet beach. Canon EOS 1200D 12mm f/5 1/800sec ISO 100
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Heilan coos. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/200sec. ISO 100
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Heilan Coo. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/200sec. ISO 100
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Puffin in Dunnet Head. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/400sec. ISO 200
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Landing. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/1600sec. ISO 1600
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Castle of Mey. Canon EOS 1200D 18mm f/11 1/100sec. ISO 100
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Puffin in John O’Groats. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/2000sec. ISO 1600
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John O’Groats cliffs. Canon EOS 1200D 84mm f/11 1/125sec. ISO 100
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Sinclair Girnigoe Castle. Canon EOS 1200D 15mm f/11 1/60sec. ISO 100

 

 

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