The tour group had breakfast at the Royal
Hotel in Thurso, where we'll be staying again at the end of our trip to
the Orkneys. After breakfast, we headed out for an excursion to the Orkney
Islands. Our first stop was the Dunnet Head Lighthouse.
The Queen Mother attended
this church when she visited Canisbay. Prince Charles presented a plaque
in remembrance of his grandmother to the church, where a private pew is
still reserved. (A nearby ruins with flagstones is also included.)
We arrived at the John
O'Groats harbour ahead of schedule, and the crossing of the Pentland Firth
took slightly longer than the anticipated 45 minutes due to the weather.