Owl at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Inverness and drove north on the A9 to the Black Isle (not an island). First we called in at the viewpoint of Chanonry Point where we spotted Bottle-Nosed Dolphins hunting for fish. Next to the attractive village of Cromarty at the northern tip of the ‘isle’. We briefly explored the pleasant village and availed of a refreshment stop.

Chanonry Point, Black Isle, Scotland

Bottle-Nosed Dolphin at Chanonry Point, Scotland

Flower bedecked cottage at Cromarty, Scotland

Cromarty Court House

Next, we returned to the A9 and continued north, past Invergordon and the numerous oil rigs moored in the Cromarty Firth. Our next stop was the small town of Dornoch which boasts a Cathedral, Castle (now a hotel) plus numerous shops, eateries and accommodations. Another brief explore, including interior of the Cathedral.

Castle Hotel, Dornoch, Scotland

Inside Dornoch Cathedral, Scotland

Next, north again (for 15 minutes) to Dunrobin Castle where we arrived in time for the 2.00pm falconry demonstration which lasted about 20 minutes. Here an expert falconer flew three birds of prey and provided useful insights into their unique characteristics. Guests then toured the Castle interior.

Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland, Scotland

Falconry display at Dunrobin Castle, Scotland

About 4.30 pm we departed Dunrobin and continued north to the ferry port of Scrabster located on Scotland’s north coast. Here we connected with the 7.00pm ferry sailing to Stromness on Orkney, a journey which lasted about 90 minutes. On arrival on Orkney we travelled to Kirkwall and checked into our lodgings for the night. Tomorrow, we tour Mainland Orkney with emphasis on prehistoric sites.

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