I love, love, loved my trip to the far north of Scotland a couple of weeks ago. I was so entranced by the incredible scenery and surprised by the amazing weather during my trip!

Here are 10 of my favourite photos to inspire you to visit the north of Scotland…

visit the north of scotland

I visited the two furthest north points in mainland UK – both inhabited and uninhabited. This is the view from John O’Groats, the furthest north inhabited point. The sun was shining, making the views even better and I adored the deep blue colour of the sea.


visit the north of scotland

This is the famous John O’Groats sign, marking the furthest north spot in the mainland. People who’ve visited the spot from around the globe have stuck stickers all over it, some dafter than others #blessed
visit the north of scotland

Perhaps my favourite thing from the north of Scotland was discovering some of the best beaches I’ve ever seen. We heard about this one from a restaurant owner in Thurso and knew we had to go and see it for ourselves. We were definitely not disappointed! The beach at Dunnet Bay was the best beach I’ve ever seen in Scotland, if not anywhere! The sand was golden and powdery, the water was a gorgeous turquoise and, best of all, it was deserted. We strolled along the beach and were the only two people within eyesight.
visit the north of scotland
visit the north of scotland

This is the furthest north uninhabited point in the UK mainland, Dunnet Head. The views from atop the cliff, after a fun drive up single track roads to get there, were SO worth it. Looking out over the calm water and the surrounding cliffs was magnificent.
visit the north of scotland
visit the north of scotland

It’s not all about landscape and coastal views in the north of Scotland! This is the beautiful Castle of Mey, located about 6 miles from John O’Groats. It was built in the 16th century and was the former holiday home of the Queen Mother. It also has some stunning, extensive walled gardens next to it that are well worth a relaxing stroll around.
visit the north of scotland

Whilst in the far north I hired a car that allowed me to drive part of the amazing North Coast 500 route. I found myself constantly pulling over to get out, have a walk and take photos as we discovered another great viewpoint, beach or stretch of coastline.
visit the north of scotland

But with views like these every few miles, who could blame me?!
visit the north of scotland

Would you believe this photo was taken through a train window, as we travelled up to the north of the country? I probably wouldn’t if I hadn’t been the one to take it! 

Have these photos inspired you to want to visit the north of Scotland? Or have you been before?