Another day trip along part of the NC500 took place a few weeks back. Every time we do a road trip around these remote northern Highlands, we are reminded on how blessed we are to be living in such a stunning part of the world. This was by far the furthest north we had come, driving the 105 miles in under 3 hours (obviously with a few photo stops). This time we managed to make it up to Durness!
By the time we arrived, it was well and truly time for a late morning pick-me-up. And what a pick-me-up it was!
The best white chocolate croissant I have ever had, it melted in the mouth. Coupled with the classic Cocoa Mountain hot chocolate – my evening cocoa is not going to be the same any more!
Mr B went for the brownie, and instead of it being a squidgy rich block, was surprisingly light with the addition of some coconut.
A further wander around the craft village followed, before a short drive through Durness to our next stop along the NC500 – Smoo Cave!
I was transported to childhood memories of the Goones as we approached the cave, which does dinghy boat trips into the depths of the cave. We were content with walking into the main chamber to view the crashing waterfall, but this is now on my bucket list to do when back in the area again.
By this time we were approaching mid-afternoon, and facing a 3 hour drive home, we decided to head back down south and stop halfway at Helmsdale for an early dinner. The town was getting ready for a gala the following day, (you can just about see the bunting strewn across the harbour in the photo below) so after a quick stretch of the legs (it had to be quick on account of the midges well and truly out in force) for both us and the pooch, we managed to get a table at La Mirage – a restaurant that has to be seen to be believed!
Unfortunately I only got one shot of the inside, but the décor is a mishmash of pictures, ornaments, garish lamps and palm trees. As well as pictures of celebrities who have visited the famous chippie (we spotted a framed picture of David Seaman!) I also was a fan of the life=sized bear! Our fish supper was exactly what we needed to sustain us down the road, back to Inverness.