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Image above shows Clan Munro members at the Fyrish Monument, 1500 feet up.

Today,we again benefited from blue skies and brilliant sunshine.

Dolphins at Chanonry Point, Black Isle.

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We commenced the day with a tour of the Black Isle, north of Inverness. This name is a misnomer because the ‘Ilse’ is, in fact,¬† a peninsula bordered by the Cromarty Firth and Moray Firth. Our first stop was Chanonry Point near Fortrose. Here there is a lighthouse and stunning coastal views but, most importantly, this is where dolphins congregate to feed. Today our luck was in and we are able to view the animals in position just offshore.

Dolphin watchers at Chanonry Point, Cromarty Firth.

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Next, we continued north to the picturesque village of Cromarty, a village which sits on the edge of a deep water harbour with views oil drilling platforms. We had refreshments here and then a pleasant walk around the village.

Intrepid swimmer in cold waters of Cromarty Harbour, Scotland

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Street Scene in Cromarty, Scotland

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Next, back along the southern shore of the Black Isle and then a stop at the Storehouse at Foulis Ferry which is home to the Clan Munro Museum combined with a grocery store and restaurant. We had lunch here.

Next, to nearby Foulis Castle to connect with the Clan Munro Gathering 2014.

Foulis Castle, Scotland

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Tour Group at Foulis Castle, Scotland

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At Foulis our small group split into two with half electing to join the hike up Fyrish (1500 feet) with the others opting for the Clan Munro themed coach tour of the local area. Objective of the Fyrish climb was to reach the monument atop the mountain. This commemorates an early British Imperial adventure from 1781 when a senior Clan Munro member won an important military victory at the Battle of Negapatam, India in 1781 and generated substantial personal financial benefit for himself.

Fyrish Monument looking east.

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Cromarty Firth from Fyrish

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These events concluded about 5.00 pm whereafter we availed of a pub meal in Evanton and then returned to our lodgings. Tomorrow we return to Foulis Castle for more Clan Munro events.

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