June 15th 2015 Blog Post

Ullapool, Scottish Highlands

This morning, we departed our hotel in Ullapool, N.W. Scotland and travelled a short distance to the nearby Ullapool Museum where guests undertook further research on personal ancestry using the helpful research material. By coincidence, a travelling display of an example of the extinct Dodo bird species was visiting the museum at the same time.

Extinct Dodo Bird

Next, we drove S.E. for about one hour to visit the impressive Rogie Falls on the Black Water River near the village of Contin.

Rogie Falls, Contin, Scotland

Rogie Falls, Contin, Scotland

After spending about 30 minutes at the Falls we  drove to nearby Strathpeffer, a former spa resort, where we availed of lunch.

Spa Pavilion, Strathpeffer, Scotland

Next we moved on to Marybank, a village about 10 mins south of Strathpeffer. Here, we embarked on a trip along narrow rural roads to find ‘Bridgepark’ the house from where an ancestor (Mackay) had emigrated to North America in the early 20th century. This effort proved to be successful in that we found an occupied house which had been extended and upgraded with features of the original cottage still evident. By chance the occupants were at home and offered much assistance to their unexpected guests.

Bridgepark, near Marybank, Scotland

Broom in Flower, Scotland

Next, we drove for 30 mins  due east to Fortrose on the Black Isle with aim of viewing dolphins at Chanonry Point but, unfortunately, the animals were not present. However, Chanonry Point is a scenic spot with lighthouse and views of Fort George opposite, a 18th century British military base which is still in use today.

Chanonry Point, Black Isle, Scotland

Lighthouse at Chanonry Point, Scotland

Avoch, Black Isle, Scotland

Next, we returned to Strathpeffer where we checked into our excellent lodgings in centre of the village and then went out for dinner at the

Cottage Bar & Restaurant at Maryburgh.

Tomorrow we visit Glen Ord Distillery.

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