WHERE TO SNAP THAT SHOT
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Where to get the best photo on the route and how to get there.

The entire route from North to South, East to West is blessed with some amazing places that you just have to take a photo.

Many people say that whilst travelling the route they are knocked out that every corner presents yet another breathtaking view, and they are not far wrong.

We have heard that when planning a route many don’t take into consideration places worth a visit, ‘Just’ for ‘that photo opportunity.

Here we list our choices and if you feel we have missed some please feel free with your Top Spots, and if you can include Photographic evidence then even better.

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HIGHLAND COOS
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Everyone that visits and sees our Highland Coos, can’t help but fall in love with them.
They are all over the place, from the middle of the road to places like Robertsons Larder and Farm Shop, just north of Inverness.

 

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GLEN DOCHERTY
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Glen Docherty is a glen between Loch Maree and Kinlochewe to the west and Loch a’Chroisg and Achnasheen to the east.

Looking down Glen Docherty, you’ll catch your first sight of stunning Loch Maree, a magnificent freshwater loch dotted with more than 60 islands which contain some of the last fragments of the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest.

It is a 20-minute detour from Achnasheen and worth every inch of the drive.

Glen Docherty

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THE BEALACH NA BA
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One of the driving highlights of the route is the infamous winding mountain pass road known as the Bealach na Bà, which means Pass of the Cattle in Gaelic.

From Tornapress to Applecross, this has to be the best drives around the route.

Once you are at the Summit there is a large Car Park and plenty of stunning views (weather permitting)

From the Bottom to the Top and down the Other side, it is a stunning view and another.

 

Bealach Na Ba

 

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BEACHES
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All around the route are stunning beaches. Some have miles and miles of sand and Sand Dunes. Others make you think you are actually in the Carribean.

With beaches like Achmelvich Beach, and Dunnet Sands, Clachtoll Beach, Sandwood Bay Beach, Oldshoremore Beach, Sandside Bay Beach, Clashnessie Beach, Mellon Udrigle Beach, Gruinard beach, the list is just endless and the photos, stunning.

Achmelvich-Beach

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KNOCKAN CRAG
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Heading a little south from Loch Assynt and the North Coast 500 passes by Knockan Crag, a National Nature Reserve which is notable for its outstanding geological features.

This whole area is just stunning.

Knockan Crag holds the key to an amazing story of colliding continents and scientific intrigue. The low cliff of Knockan exposes rocks that set the scientific world ablaze in the 19th century, with the discovery that a slice of old rock sits on top of much younger ones.

At Knockan crag, you can bridge 500 million years of history with your bare hands.

And it is not just the rocks that will knock your socks off, it is simply stunning.

 

knockan crag

 

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ARDVRECK CASTLE
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My 2nd Favourite Castle on the Route and certainly one not to be missed.

Ardvreck Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 16th century which stands on a rocky promontory jutting out into Loch Assynt.

You can also visit Calda House which is a short walk alongside the road.

It is worth bearing in mind that Ardvreck Castle is only a fragment of its former glory.

The walk to it is enjoyable, and the views from the near island on which it stands are utterly beautiful, taking in some of the best mountain landscapes in this area.

 

ardvreck castle

 

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CLASHNESSIE FALLS
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This is just one of the great Waterfalls that are on the route. Some are truly spectacular like Rogie Falls, and the Falls of Shin.

Situated close to Clashnessie Bay with the superb beach to walk along makes this a definite place on anyone’s list.

Clashnessie waterfalls

 

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SMOO CAVE
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What can one say about possibly the ones place everyone stops at.

Smoo Cave situated in the Fab Durness is a definite place and has great photo opportunities all around this area.

Smoo cave boasts one of the largest entrances to any sea cave in Britain at 50 ft high and is floodlit inside.

It was formed by a burn that runs down into the rear chamber, as well as erosion caused by the sea.

 

Smoo Cave

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DUNCANSBY STACKS
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Heading right up to the far northern tip of Scotland, near John O’Groats, you’ll find Duncansby Head.

This the most north-easterly point of Scotland.

Here you can view the incredible huge sea stacks just a ten-minute walk from the parking lot, but walk further round for even better shots.

It is also a very popular wildlife viewing area for whales and seabirds, so ensure that the camera is always close by.

duncansby stacks

 

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SINCLAIR & GIRNIGOE CASTLE
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By far my favourite Castle on the route.

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is located about 3 miles (4.83 kilometres) from Wick on the east coast of Caithness.

It is considered to be one of the earliest seats of Clan Sinclair.

It comprises the ruins of two castles: the 15th-century Castle Girnigoe; and the early 17th-century Castle Sinclair.

Walking distance you also have the fabulous Noss Head Lighthouse, where if you wish you can get accommodation…

 

sinclair & Girnigoe

 

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WHALIGOE STEPS
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The Whaligoe Steps, all 330 of them, descend a cliff-face to one of the least-accessible harbours you could imagine, whilst inland is the Cairn O Get, a very well-preserved chambered cairn.

Whaligoe Steps are very steep with unprotected vertical drops into the sea; great care …

There is no signpost at the roadside for Whaligoe Steps but the entrance is basically opposite the Signpost for Cairn O Get on the A99

 

whaligoe steps

 

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DUNROBIN CASTLE
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Dunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland.

It is located 1 mile (1.61 kilometres) north of Golspie, and approximately 5 miles (8.05 km) south of Brora, overlooking the Dornoch Firth.
It has been the most visited attraction on the Route since its conception.

This is a great place for all the Family and has great opportunities for photographs.

 

dunrobin castle

 

 

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There are hundreds of places for taking great photos, these are just a few of the Best places to capture memories from the route.

We hope you capture your own memories and that looking back will make you return to our land once more…

 

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