Whaligoe Steps.

Start. Whaligoe.

Route. Whaligoe - Whaligoe Steps - Whaligoe Haven - Whaligoe Steps - Whaligoe.

Notes. Thank heaven for Sue’s mobile phone, so intent was I watching where I was putting my feet I left the camera on the wrong setting, leaving me with lots of blurred images, what a clown.

Whaligoe Haven is surrounded on three sides by 250ft cliffs, it forms one of the most unique harbours you are likely to find anywhere. Find may be a problem, no brown tourist sign points the way which is surprising, as the place is world famous, look for the sign for Cairn o’ Get then take the opposite lane.

From the small car park the route is simple, descend the steps, around 360 zigzag the way down the cliff. At the foot of the steps a level grass area called the Bink welcomes you and the remains of a building, once used to store salt for preserving the fish. At the other end is the Neist, a rock shelf, boats were winched onto this, the winch remains albeit a bit rusty. Once you've had your fill all you have to do is leave history behind and ascend back into the present day.

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Here we go, not so steep at the start.

Sue descends, my only thought at this point was I had to climb back up.

Almost there, looking down on the Bink.

The impressive stone work of the Salt Store.

Built to last, I think.

Yours truly soaking up the scene in the harbour.

The winch on the Neist, believe it or not around twenty boats used the small harbour.

The ascent won't be as fast as the decent, I'm not going to attempt to count the steps.

Sue ascends Whaligoe Steps.

Onwards and upwards, if you're driving the North Coast 500, stop at Whaligoe, it's a good excuse to stretch your legs.

As Sue ascends here's a piece of useless information while I get my breath back, Whaligoe is named after a dead Whale that was washed into the harbour.

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