Wick to Auckengill. 15 Miles


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Inverness to John O' Groats - Scottish Coast Guide for walkers

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I headed off from Staxigoe with a heavy heart knowing that in all probablility I would never visit there again, with its satellite dishes, run down council houses and ice cream van. However I soon got into my stride and headed up the long road next to Wick Airport towards the lighthouse at Noss Head. Near the lighthouse were two castles, Sinclair castle and Castle Girnigoe. The two castles are so close to one another that its said that they are one and the same, but they were both built at separate times. Further along the huge sweep of Sinclair bay lay before me and it was great to get back walking along sand again. Ackergill Castle stood at the south of the Bay, which stretched in a horseshoe shape protected by dunes. (See photo above) After walking along to the end of the bay, I headed up the road towards the small village of Keiss and had a coffee in the hotel there. From Keiss, it was only a short walk, past Keiss castle to where the van was parked at the car park at Auckengill. Where the can was parked were some strange looking man made cairns. These were built by John Nicholson at the turn of the 20th Century.


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