Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland

Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, Scotland

This morning, we departed our Inverness lodgings and drove north across the Moray Firth through Fortrose to our first stop of Chanonry Point. Close to the lighthouse is a good spot for spotting dolphins. We did just glimpse one but views of greater numbers eluded us.

Dolphin Watching, Chanonry Point

Dolphin Watching, Chanonry Point, Scotland

Next we drove up further to Cromarty and then back down the south side of the Cromarty Firth from where we obtained some good views of Invergordon, a visiting cruise ship (Azamara Journey) and a North Sea Drilling Rig.

Azamara Journey, Invergordon

Azamara Journey, Invergordon, Scotland

Next we tracked the north side of the Cromarty Firth, passing through Invergordon’s port area to Dornoch where we had a brief stop to view the Cathedral and town.

Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch

Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch, Scotland

Next, we continued north through Golspie to our destination of Dunrobin Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland. Our arrival coincided with some heavy rain notwithstanding which we did visit the gardens and watched a 30 minute falconry display.

Formal Garden, Dunrobin Castle

Formal Garden, Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

Falconry Exhibition, Dunrobin Castle

Falconry Exhibition, Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Scotland

Next we returned south passing though Dingwall, Strathpeffer and Muir of Ord to the small town of Beauly. Latter name derives from the French for ‘beautiful place’. This a pleasant town with a ruined Priory. Our route took us past a farm where we were able to watch farmer and sheepdogs ‘working’ a large flock of sheep.

Beauly, near Inverness

Beauly, near Inverness, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Inverness about 5.00pm after a productive day.

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