We got up surprisingly early considering our night before and packed up the campsite. We stopped in at maccas in Inverness for a quick bite and to use the wifi. The breakfast’s at maccas are way, way better then in Australia. The sausage on the sausage and egg mcmuffin actually tastes likes sausage, not over processed dog meat. So after a fairly decent breakfast we got back on the road towards Thurso. The plan was to drive to Thurso, find somewhere cheap to stay, then catch the ferry over in the morning to Orkney. We were going to hire bikes, or a car depending on the price and cruise around for a while. The drive to Thurso from Inverness is really special. Every so often there are these castles that just loom over the lush green fields. When we were driving along the coast there are manor houses and castles that are built right into the cliffs. Again I was so happy we got the car because it enabled us to see far more then we would have otherwise. Just before midday we stopped at a beach called Golspie beach and went for a walk along the sand. This beach was situated right next to a golf course and was actually very pleasant. I was going to go for a quick dip but Anita and the freezing cold water persuaded me not too. After this pleasant interlude we continued on our drive. We wound through some really picturesque little towns with tiny winding roads and awesome names. Eventually we stopped at one of these towns called Helmsdale for lunch. The restaurant we went to apparently had one the top 6 best fish and chips in Britain according to the Two Fat Ladies (they used to be celebrity chef types). The fish actually was fantastic, if expensive. I had battered haddock and Neat had breaded, we got a large chips to share as well. The pieces of fish were enormous and so were the chips. When we were sated I started feeding the Huge mutant seagulls they have here in Britain. Seriously the seagulls here are at least twice as big as ours, though they seem to be far stupider If that is possible. I was throwing chips to them but before they could get them these tiny little black birds were swooping down and stealing them. I found this quite amusing as many is the time seagulls have stolen chips from me. Eventually when all the chips were being fought over by dozens of angry birds we got back on the road. We wound up the east coast of Scotland before turning inland and heading north just before Perth. The trip inland was pretty amazing too. At one stage we were winding up this huge mountain on a tiny road behind a huge truck. When we got past the truck and started heading down we were treated to some of the best views we had seen yet. It wasn’t long before we got to the north of Scotland and to Thurso. Thurso is a very pretty town with a huge focus on tourism so there are heaps of b&b’s and hotels but most are pretty expensive. We went to the visitor’s information centre where she recommended a b&b to stay at. While we were there we noticed a pamphlet for a ferry and day trip to Orkney leaving from nearby John O’ Groats. This included a bus trip all around the Orkney’s and stops at all the major spots as well as a guided tour. This worked out far cheaper then the way we were going to do it so we booked in on the JO’G tour as it was called. We drove the short distance out to our b&b not really knowing what to expect as it had all been booked for us by the visitors centre. This was without a doubt the best accommodation we have stayed in so far. It was called skara house and was spectacular. The view itself of the ocean and the Island of Hoy was worth the price alone. The room was fantastic and bed was the most comfortable yet. There was a huge selection of teas as well which made Neat very happy. We bought some bread and spreads from a local supermarket and made ourselves a dinner. At about 11 o’clock that night I went outside and got some great photos of the sun setting. We were both very excited about the tour the next day to the Orkney’s so we called it a day.