Our target for today was John O’Groats, as far north as it is possible to go on the island of Great Britain. That was a distance of about 200 km and the estimated driving time was a bit less than 3 hours. We expected that to be a bit longer with stops.
The weather forecast for today was wet. In fact, we had seen signs on the highway with a yellow warning predicting heavy rain. It was not going to be a day for extensive outdoor pursuits like long walks but was better suited to driving between mostly indoor venues. We had no fixed plan but wanted to see Loch Ness and visit at least one whisky distillery.
Charles and Cathy were wonderful hosts and we had a great time with them and around Edinburgh but today was time to move on to our next series of adventures around more northern parts of Scotland. Our first port of call would fulfil Majella’s ambitions for Kombi camping. The rest of the day was open to possibilities on our way north.
Today was based around plans and bookings we had made yesterday to see a couple of Edinburgh attractions before meeting up with the Michies for dinner. That put some fixed points in our schedule but left some time for other opportunities that might emerge.
This was always going to be a long day with a late night. Months ago Charles had suggested that we go to the Edinburgh Tattoo while here and we had accepted that suggestion with enthusiasm. Late summer sunsets mean that the performance does not begin until 9:00 pm, necessitating a late night. Last night we had discussed logistics for today and decided that rather than shuttle to and fro, we would go into the city in the morning, spend the day sightseeing, and then eat before going to the Tattoo.