Biking Lands End John O Groats Scotland

Cycling the Caithness Coast

Father and son cycling Caithness Coast Scotland
Written by Stuart Wickes

Cycling the Caithness Coast

Stuart Profile SmallToday’s ride (Friday 31st August), our last riding day, took us from Thurso to John O Groats.

Our mission was simple: Finish the Ride. And sign the Book of Old Groaters.

Family on North Coast of Scotland

We have a wet, wild day of riding along the Caithness Coast before John O Groats

The Caithness Coast

Cycling from Lands End to John O Groats via a Northern route gives you the opportunity of riding along the beautiful North Caithness coast. This was the last day’s cycling of our LEJOG challenge and it was a wet and wild one.

Caithness Coast Scotland

Scotland’s Caithness Coast is wild and wonderful. And wet.

Exposed but beautiful

The area is pretty flat and open making for easy but exposed cycling along the coast of the North Sea and Pentland Firth. And there is plenty to be exposed to. Apart from the wind and the rain, there is farmland on one side, the drama of the coast on the other.

Caithness Stones near John O Groats

The Caithness stones (the large slabs) are characteristic of the area

Stops of interest too

There were a few churches, settlements and small entrepreneurial micro businesses along the way too, including the odd one with a teashop, usually with a selection of Caithness glass souvenirs on sale. We stopped at the Tea Cosy at East Mey for tea, cakes and souvenirs.

Caithness is home to some large colonies of seabirds too while the Pentland Firth is well known for its diverse sea life. Approaching John O Groats there are great views across to Stroma and beyond to the Orkney Islands.

Caithness Graveyard Scotland

We may be on our last legs but we’re not ready for this

How did we do?

We rode 37.3km. Mission Accomplished.

Now, how do we get back in time for school?

Father and son cycling Caithness Coast Scotland

Passing Canisbay Church as we near John O Groats

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

1 Comment

  • Well done guys I thought Scotland would take you a lot longer but you seemed to ‘sail’ up there! We expect you could cycle back home in a couple of days on pure adrenalin.
    Congratulations Mark & Lynette

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