Snowy Owl in flight at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

This morning we departed our lodgings in Inverness and drive north-west for about 45 mins to Contin where we stopped to visit Rogie Falls, a series of falls forming part of the Black Water ( river) in Ross-shire.

Video clip of Rogie Falls

Rogie Falls, Contin, Scotland

Next, south-west a few miles to visit the village of Strathpeffer where we stopped to visit the Pictish-era ‘Eagle Stone’ which stands in the open and dates back about 1400 years.

Pictish ‘Eagle Stone’ at Strathpeffer, Scotland

Next, we travelled east for about 30 minutes to visit Chanonry Point on the Black Isle. Here we had hoped to see dolphins hunting for fish in the cross-currents but, unfortunately, none were to be seen. However, the location did afford good views of the Moray Firth, Rosemarkie Bay and Fort George.

Rosemarkie Bay, Black Isle, Scotland

Next, we continued to the N.E. tip of the Black Isle ( which is actually a peninsula) to the quaint village of Cromarty where we stopped for about 30 mins and also viewed a number of redundant oil rigs, casualties of the falling oil price, from the North Sea which are moored in Cromarty Firth.

Redundant Oil Rigs, Cromarty Firth, Scotland

 

Cromarty, Black Isle, Scotland

Next we drove north for about 900 mins to visit the popular Dunrobin Castle, home of the aristocratic Sutherland family. This castle is more akin to a palace reflecting wealth of the Sutherlands in the 19th century when they were the largest landowners in Europe.

At Dunrobin we watched the excellent falconry display.

Falconry display at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

Snowy Owl at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

Garden at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

We departed Dunrobin about 4.00pm and then returned south to our destination of Inverness calling at Evanton en-route to view the scenic Black Rock Gorge by which time the forecast rain had commenced.

Blaock Rock Gorge, Evanton, Scotland

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