NC500 Day 2 – Monday 26th September 2022

Inverness to Keiss

Google maps route from Inverness to Keiss

Day two started with a hearty breakfast that included the Scottish delicacy of porridge, Kenny’s twist on it was a shot of Drambuie, certainly different but very nice!

We set off from Inverness following the A9 northbound towards our next destination of Keiss. We crossed the Cromerty Firth and Dornoch Firth and stopped off in Golspie to unsuccessfully look for some seals on the beach, however we were rewarded with some great views. This area is also well known for whale, dolphin and porpoise spotting. Again none to be seen this day. We had some great views of the beach and hills up to monument to the First Duke of Sutherland on the summit of Ben Bhraggie, known locally as the “Mannie”.

From Golspie we drove the short distance to Dunrobin Castle and gardens. Dunrobin is somewhere to definitely add as a place to visit. Entry was £13 each and was great value. An extremely well presented stately home, it is the seat of the Duke of Sutherland, it has a cafe, amazing gardens and a falconry display twice a day. If you have difficulty with lots of steps they can also give you access to a carpark at “ground level”.

The next stop on route was the Old Paultney Distillery in Wick, just time for a taster of a very mellow malt and a browse round the shop.

The days travels ended with us driving to Keiss for our second overnight stop in the Alba Sunrise B&B. This is a very nice, remote B&B in Keiss just north of Wick. Just before arriving at the B&B we passed the ruins of Keiss Castle. The views from the room were of the North Sea and surrounding countryside, another great stopover, Owain and Katie were great hosts who hadn’t been there very long. They had a few chickens and big plans for lots more and some sheep in their adjacent field.

Dinner tonight was in the No. 1 Bistro in the Mackays Hotel in Wick. Very good if a bit commercial. The hotel is a privately owned hotel and the owners and staff were very friendly. The food was excellent and reasonably priced.