Initially the weather forecast for the week was not looking great, with the better weather going to be on the Thursday and Friday, so the plan for Sunday to Wednesday was going to be to explore the nooks and crannies around the area.
On day one the Sunday, I didn't want to drive far after two long drives on the Friday and Saturday (we over nighted in Edinburgh on the way up, so that was a 6-7 hour journey on the Friday followed by a 5-6 hour journey on the Saturday) So we explored our peninsular around Kinlochbervie. It was a really good start despite some rough weather, seeing Black Guillemot in our harbour,
We popped down to Tarbet just for a look as Divers can be seen between the slipway and Handa Island, but not today! We did see our first Shag, Eider and Rock Pipit of the week though. The best sighting of the day though was on Loch na Thull, a single Red-throated Diver,
On day 2 we woke up to a white day, plenty of snow about, the mountains looked fantatstic,
From here we drove along the north coast for a while, where we saw a Great Northern Diver in Loch Eriboll.
We eventually headed south across moorland and mountains, passing remote lochs and some spectacular scenery on the way before looping around back to Durness, the best sighting on this leg apart from Buzzards were a pair of Black-throated Divers on Loch Hope. It was pouring of rain when we found them and pretty dull, but never mind,