|The 'double' bunker on Thurso's 8th hole|
When I started this North Coast 500 adventure I set myself three non-golfing
1. See dolphins. I was assured that just turning up at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle would be enough to lure the dolphins... but not this time. And no sight of them since.
2. Stag/s. Up here they're as common as the people... so about two for every square kilometre. To date, no sign... but hoping tomorrow may produce some results.
3. The Aurora Borealis. You can't get much farther north than Thurso, and I'm spending four days travelling this northern strip. I had high hopes.
|The Aurora over Dunnet Head, tonight.|
|Thurso's 13th hole, green to tee.|
|The par three 5th. This is where you'll see the best views.|
|Castle Sinclair with Ackergill Tower to the left, in the distance.|
The castle sits out on Noss Head. Dating back to the 16th century (and possibly earlier) it is a large ruin/structure, currently having some structural work done to it. What I found fascinating was its remoteness, even now, and that during the 40 minutes I spent there I didn't see another soul. It sits at one end of Sinclair Bay, with a long stretch of beach running under the dunes (Wick Golf Club is on the other side of one section)... all the way to another 16th century castle at the other end.