Caithness & Sutherland
At the Tore roundabout, North of Inverness, you have to make a choice : Turn left and the A835 will take you to Braemore, Ullapool, Scourie, Durness, and the magnificient, rugged county of Sutherland. Turn right and the more civilized A9 will take you through Dornoch, Helmsdale, Wick, ultimately Thurso and the mesmerizing Caithness county. Many years ago (way too many), I turned right and started living and working in Wick then Thurso, spending all my free time hiking, fishing an photographying these two contrasting counties. Days can be bleak in these northern parts of Scotland, but just be patient and you will be rewarded with incredible light, vistas and beauty. Caithness and Sutherland taught me a lot, just as the many beautiful people I met there. The life lessons they taught me are still with me today, and I cherish them just as much as I cherish the simple, pure landscapes I came across in my wanderings.