Redcoat Soldier, Fort George

Redcoat Soldier, Fort George, Scotland

This morning, we departed our Inverness base for a tour of attractions in the immediate vicinity.

First we went round to nearby Fort George, a massive 18th century British military fort which is still occupied by the army today. This fort is positioned at end of a short peninsula which provides a good viewpoint for spotting dolphins in the Moray Firth. This morning we were lucky and were able to witness a small pod of the animals hunting for fish just offshore, as shown in this short video clip.

Entrance to Fort George, Inverness

Entrance to Fort George, Inverness, Scotland

After watching the dolphins, we went on to explore the fort and watched a short re-enactment presentation by a ‘Redcoat’ from the 18th century era.

Inside Fort George, Inverness

Inside Fort George, Inverness, Scotland

Moray Firth from Fort George

Moray Firth from Fort George, Scotland

Next we went east for about 30 mins to visit Findhorn  a combined spiritual and eco community close to the sea. Here we explored and observed the large number of specially designed ‘eco’ houses some of which were made from ex-whisky industry wooden washbacks as a consequence of which they are circular and made of wood. We had a light lunch at Findhorn.

Eco House, Findhorn

Eco House, Findhorn, Scotland

Eco House, Findhorn

Eco House, Findhorn, Scotland

Next we went to nearby Cawdor Castle  on the way to which we encountered a small herd of Alpaca which, evidently, had recently been sheared.

Alpaca, near Cawdor

Alpaca, near Cawdor, Scotland

On arrival at Cawdor  guests toured the castle and gardens, with latter luxuriant at this time of year. The castle dates from the 14th century and is ancestral home of the Thanes of Cawdor which feature in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Garden at Cawdor Castle

Garden at Cawdor Castle, Scotland

Cawdor Castle, ancestral home of the Thane of Cawdor

Cawdor Castle, ancestral home of the Thane of Cawdor, Scotland

Cawdor concluded our visits the day after which we returned to Inverness.

Weather today proved relatively clement with a dry day forecast tomorrow when we head off to Loch Ness and Skye.

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