Today, weather has proved relatively benign, We started our tour at Dornoch and proceeded as follows:

  • Walk around the delightful town of Dornoch including a visit to the 12th century Cathedral plus other historic and interesting sites. This proved a real gem of a small town.

Dornoch Cathedral

Dornoch

Dornoch Cathedral

  • Next, a 20 minute drive up to Dunrobin Castle which dates from the 19th century and benefits from stunning ‘fairy tale’ architecture. Great photo opps but overall quality of the visitor experience is average at best. ¬†Also interesting and colourful gardens.

Dunrobin Castle

  • After about 1 hour at Dunrobin we headed back south towards Inverness via Invergordon, principally to view the famous wall murals in this interesting little town.

Invergordon Mural

 

  • Next we headed down to Inverness and then on to Cawdor Castle which has a tenuous connection with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This is a quality visitor attraction, combining both the castle and the gardens which were possibly at their colourful peak. By chance we encountered the Countess of Cawdor and her pet dog.

Garden at Cawdor

  • After Cawdor we went back to Inverness and then south down top of the Great Glen to Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. This is a good quality and very popular attraction, possibly representing the best location to view Loch Ness.

Castle Urquhart

This evening, we are staying in the four star rated Ballifeary Guest House, which is very comfortable.

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