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Subject Topic: Dunnet Bay campsite - how long for? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by lizzie via mobile 30/5/2020 at 3:16pm
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I am planning a trip up east of Scotland and then on to Dunnet Bay. Finding it hard to de hide how long to book for this site. It looks lovely but if weather is not great would 5 days be too long? And even if weather is good ?? Has anyone been and can comment?

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Message posted by alan2930/5/2020 at 4:02pm
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We stayed there a couple of years ago. Left the van there and took the ferry to Orkney for a couple of nights.
Dunnet Bay was so foggy that I couldn't see the puffins that nest there. Proper pea=souper.
Orkney is superb.

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Message posted by David Klyne30/5/2020 at 8:36pm
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There is quite a bit to do and of course you have a wonderful sandy beach there. Dunnet Head is only a short drive away from the site, The Castle of Mey (the Queen Mum's residence) is nearby.

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There’s not much choice of sites up there, so I’m treating this as a general “John O’Groats” query because I’m not a CAMC member, so I stayed at the Independent site there. As alan29 says, it’s a base for a pedestrian trip offshore. Castle of Mey, the Queen Mother’s castle, is worth a visit if you enjoy that sort of thing, but check opening times as it’s closed when Charles is on holiday. I understand the birdwatching is good at Dunnet Head. Thurso has a Tesco - after several days on the NC500 to the west, with no mobile signal, we were glad of its free Wi-fi to catch up on essential emails. And the town fills a few hours.
In answer to your question, you’d just about fill 5 days. Maybe. Three more likely. Our NC500 trip was 10 days without rain. We saw Thurso & the Castle, stayed a night & moved on as we didn’t have time for the ferry which would be great to do.

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Message posted by kenles via mobile 30/5/2020 at 8:47pm
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The first time we went to Dunnet bay had 5 nights the weather was dry and had a great time.
Went last year two nights and it rained all the time

Message posted by ficklejade30/5/2020 at 10:11pm
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If you're using it as a base, then don't forget a visit to Duncansby Head - lighthouse and the amazing stacks. There's the Pulteney Distillery in Wick and the museum there is interesting for the town's background as a herring port and chocolate addicts should visit Chocolatier on the way back to Thurso. There's some interesting archaeology around - probably the easiest are the Grey Cairns of Camster - there's a walkway over the bog now!!

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 31/5/2020 at 9:06am
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Sounds like 5 days then!

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Message posted by David Klyne31/5/2020 at 8:49pm
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There is a campsite at John O’Groats, not sure what the name is but I am sure there are reviews on here. My only concern about using the Dunnet Bay site now is that it has no hardstanding and now with a motorhome I would be a bit reluctant.

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Message posted by lizzie via mobile 13/6/2020 at 5:08pm
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Thanks for the advice. I have booked 4 nights but unsure if it will go ahead this year but we will see how lockdown goes and whether or not we will feel welcome in Scotland.

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Message posted by ficklejade13/6/2020 at 5:43pm
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Lizzie, you'll be fine - I know I and a few others sound a bit grumpy at times but it's not aimed at those who use sites or informal camp sensibly - it's the large numbers who come and can't be bothered to fork out for a site, park irresponsibly and dump litter and waste wherever they feel like it that gets people's backs up, particularly when you realise it goes on from March through October in a normal year.

If you've not already done so, I'd really recommend booking other sites on your route as everyone's anticipating an influx once we're allowed to travel.



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Message posted by Capt Lightning13/6/2020 at 7:40pm
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It's a few years since I was there (before the NC500 days), but John O'Groats was very run down. Perhaps it has improved since then. I enjoyed a couple of days at Dunnet bay - no problem for the motorhome. Castle of Mey was well worth the visit, but the boat to Orkney didn't inspire confidence. We gave it a miss.

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 13/6/2020 at 8:30pm
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John o’Groats had pulled its socks up a few years ago. The hotel looked fresh made it into OH’s architectural magazine. Sure, the place is a base rather than a destination (unless you’re running or cycling LEJOG) but on the NC500 it feels like you’re “turning the corner” here. However, OP is sorted & there’s enough to do locally.

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2017 - 10 sites, 22 nights / 2016 - 19 sites, 33 nights / 2015 - 15 sites, 27 nights.


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