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MONDAY: DAY 25: We were up at 8am and I had HAGGIS with Baked Beans & Porridge; what a combination! We met a couple from New Zealand & we talked to them about Lord of the Rings Movies & director Peter Jackson etc. We went to the TIC and a craft shop in Durness and got 11 pounds of petrol. We walked around the area & took pictures of DURNESS BAY & BEACH. We then drove to a parking lot to catch a small ferry boat to cross the KYLE OF DURNESS which took 15 minutes. Then we paid our fee & about 20 of us got on a Mini-bus that took us to CAPE WRATH LIGHTHOUSE. The bus ride was 12 miles & was a VERY Bumpy ride on narrow, curvy roads of moorland that is called the PARPH.
After our excursion, the weather had cleared up & we then stopped at SMOO CAVE to explore it but then found out the pathway was collapsed by a storm & we couldn't go inside. We drove by LOCH ERIBOLL and it's name means "farm on a beach" and is about a mile wide. We stopped in TONGUE which the name comes from 'tunga" or tongue of land projecting into the loch. We shopped here & all I got were cookies. There was a ruined tower called CASTLE VARRICH that we saw from the road. We later stopped at a beach but I can't remember the name of it. We also stopped & looked at STRATHY POINT LIGHTHOUSE from a distance because we weren't sure if we were allowed to walk to it.
We drove to THURSO, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland, where we were staying for 2 nights at the ROYAL HOTEL and ate dinner here. I got chicken with spicy mustard, jalapeno peppers, and chips. I called home to let my parents know I was still alive and we got ready to go out, went back down & had a drink. Then we went to MAKAYS BAR and NEWMARKET. There were alot of young college guys here that included some more look-alike celebrities. lol We saw a fake Prince William (my favorite) and an Elijah Wood. lol We chatted to a man from FIFE who was friendly.