Caithness Adventures: Scotshaven

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This day was a ‘picnic packed but no destination’ kind of day. We collected granny (mother explorer) from Dunnet and carried on heading east landing at East Mey. From here at St. John’s Point, Scotland’s Haven Beach is a 20 minute trundle downhill (with kids) and pure paradise once you arrive - even in 4°C in February.

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Photos never do this aptly named ‘haven’ justice and it’s rare to not have the place to yourself, other than the odd seal. A few tips if you plan to visit:

• Sheep graze here so keep doggies on a lead.

• The path is steep and boggy pretty much all year round so best bring yer boots and prepare to feel the burn.

• Being exposed to such incredible views means windproof clothing works a charm until you reach the beach below which is often quite sheltered.

• We park by the gate at the most north easterly 90° corner at East Mey, off the A836 road. Just along from the new BB's Bunkhouse.

• Through the gate, follow the unmarked path heading east for Scotland’s Haven.

• The other path (travelling north) is of similar walking distance and takes you to St John’s Point. From above, the ruins of an old fort boast commanding views across the Pentland Firth while the crystal clear water of St John’s Harbour down below call you in for a dip - in true selkie style - swimmers ahoy!

If you’ve been lucky enough to visit this genuinely hidden gem, feel free to share your tips below...

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