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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Balchrick, Scotland

Although it doesn’t look much, this remote – really remote – hamlet was the turning point on our mammoth road trip last summer, from Switzerland to Scotland and back. The point from which I took this photograph is the most north westerly point of the public road network on the mainland of the United Kingdom; from here, only a private farm track leads on for another mile or so. The most north westerly point of mainland Scotland – at Cape Wrath – is only accessible by leaving your car at the Kyle of Durness and taking a minibus for the last 12 mile cross-country journey to the distant lighthouse. Once past Cape Wrath heading directly north, the next “landfall” is the Arctic continent.