Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Beauly and first visited the local, ruined, Priory which dates from the 13th century.

Beauly Priory, Scotland

Next, we toured the perimeter of the Black Isle (actually a peninsula). This entailed passing through Fortrose and Cromarty and then along the bank of the Cromarty Firth. This area is mainly arable farmland, predominantly barley. Scenery comprised lush greens of the fields augmented by vibrant yellows of the broom, gorse and oil seed rape. In the Firth was moored a few oil rigs, from the North Sea fields.

Cromarty Firth, Scotland

Next to Dingwall and the towering Hector MacDonald Monument. Unfortunately, the anticipated scenic views over the Firth were blocked by trees and woodland.

Hector MacDonald Monument

 Next to Invergordon where we had further views of oil rigs plus a short tour of the town centre and its famous wall murals.

Next to the attractive, historic town of Dornoch where we had lunch and a short walk around the streets.

Dornoch, Scotland

 Next to Clynelish Distillery where we joined a tour lasting about one hour. We were shown the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes culminating in a sample of the finished product, a 14 year old single malt. We were also shown the adjacent, and now moribund, Brora distillery.

Tasting whisky at Clynelish Distillery, Scotland

Still House at Clynelish Distillery, Scotland

Brora Distillery, Scotland

Next to Dunrobin Castle near Golspie. This is a stately home comprising 189 rooms and dates from 1845 but incorporates an earlier medieval structure. The castle benefits from well maintained gardens and superb, elevated aspect overlooking the North Sea.

Formal Gardens at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, Scotland

 Tonight, we are staying in Dornoch. Tomorrow we visit more local sites and then to Inverness.

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