Bettyhill is an expensive place to stay, lots of demand and little accommodation so the prices approach Norwegian levels. It’s a good place to start the final day so you can tackle the hills while fresh. Later it gets easier. Good views of Orkney across the sea as we rode along the coast, still quite busy with tourists and plenty of campervans still out and about.
We called in on Thurso’s Tesco for food for the rest of the day. The only dining option at John O’Groats is the Seaview Hotel which has poor reviews so we bought salads and falafels to eat in our room. We made the detour to Dunnet Head, the true most northerly point in mainland Britain and then John o’Groats, the northern end of the longest distance between two inhabited British points on the mainland, with Land’s End in Cornwall lying 876 miles (1,410 km) southwest, mission completed. The wind was in our favour most of the way and it was sunny until mid afternoon when a few unscheduled showers showed up.
Today’s distance: 58.2miles (93.6 km)
Today’s ascent: 1011 metres
Total LEJOG: 1067.1 miles (1717.4 km), 19338 metres of ascent