Today, we travelled down from Orkney in the North to Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

First, we spent a little time driving through Kirkwall and Stromness (Orkney) before boarding the 11.00 ferry to Scrabster. The ferry transfer took about 90 minutes arriving Scrabster at 12.30pm.

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Orkney.

Stromness, Orkney

Next, we spent two hours driving down to the region of Easter Ross, N.E. of Inverness with intention of connecting with the Pictish Trail and visiting various stone carvings from the first millennium.

Information on the Picts

We eventually arrived at Tarbat Discovery Centre where we received some useful information on prospective Pictish sites and then went into nearby Portmahomack for refreshments.

Beach at Potmahomack.

Beach view at Portmahomack.

Portmahomack Main Street

Next, south to the village of Shandwick where we were able to view the cross-slab which is housed in a glass case overlooking the sea where it has stood since the 8th century AD. We did mange to obtain some reasonable pictures notwithstanding distortions due to the protective glass and glaring sun.

Landscape view at Shandwick.

Detail of Shandwick Cross-Slab.

Reverse side of Shandwick Cross-Slab.

Detail of Shandwick Cross-Slab.

Background information on the on the slab carvings.

Background information on the ;Picts and their carvings.

Finally, we moved on South to Inverness where we had a meal and checked into our lodgings.

Tomorrow, we move on down the Great Glen to Skye.