Today, was the highlight of our Scotland Tour.

We first visited Ian Sinclair of the Clan Sinclair Study Centre and Library who resides in a former lighthouse close to Wick in N Scotland.

Learning about Clan Sinclair

Ian was a superb host, spending about 2 hours to show us around the Study Centre and then provided a very detailed tour of Sinclair Castle on which the Clan are clearly spending huge sums to stabilise, repair and protect the ancient structures. Fortunately, the weather was clement to extent it was not actually raining and we were able to to admire the views from the castle across Sinclair Bay.

Castle Sinclair and Sinclair Bay

Castle Sinclair

The walk to the castle took us across a natural landscape containing wild cotton and wild orchids.

Wild orchid

After concluding our visit to the castle we repaired to Wick for lunch in the town centre.

Next we we spent about two hours visiting the visited the acclaimed Wick Heritage Museum. Here there is an extensive display of artifacts and images from Wick and environs from bygone days when the town was known as the ‘Herring Capital of Europe’. The tour took about two hours and was good value.

One of the museum hosts provided opportunity for a short visit to the restored, sail powered fishing vessel vessel known as the Isabella Fortuna which is at least 100 years old and in excellent condition due to extensive restoration work (by volunteers).

Isabella Fortuna

With the busy day nearly at an end we paid a short visit to nearby Thurso and Scrabster, the latter still a significant fishing port.

At Wick is the world’s shortest street. Refer image below.

World's Shortest Street

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