Black Isle And Inverness
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We went to the Glenmorangie Hotel just outside Inverness in May 2018 for a few days and wandered around. The north east of Scotland around Inverness is amazing with great scenery and amazing wildlife. The beaches are brilliant and deserted. The roads are fast and almost empty.
On the 1st day, Sunday 13 May, we flew up to Inverness, picked up a hire car - a Peugeot 306 and drove to Fort George. This fort is a massive testament to English power. Following the 1745 rebellion the government was not going to tolerate anything further. They built this massive structure to ensure the Scots stayed quiet.
We then went to our hotel where the meals are taken communally amongst a polyglot range of rich people. There were characters there including an eccentric Italian jeweller who ate in seconds and only drank Glenmorangie 10 year old. His “wife” must have been half his age. Three Japanese turned up late and fell asleep. There were thirteen at the meal so they put a stuffed lion on the table and served him scotch. There were horse riding ladies who were enjoying their widowhood. There were Americans who turned up in shorts, t shirts and work boots. There was a rich financier with his brand new Bentley.
Next morning, Monday, we drove to Dornoch and it’s fabulous beach before carrying on to Dunrobin Castle – a fairy-tale castle with a falconry display and a very quirky museum.
The next day, Tuesday, we were onto the Black Isle where we took a Rib out on the Firth Of Cromarty and saw the dolphins.
On the Wednesday we drove into the epic interior of Scotland and then we visited the National Trust site of the battle of Culloden.
It was on the Thursday that we took in the Hilton of Cadboll stone before heading back to the airport and home. They hadn’t prepared the bill at the hotel and I did wonder for 10 days if would turn out to be a freebie – but sadly it didn’t.
At Dunrobin Castle they have a falconry display where the birds are far too fast to see - so I slowed it down - it's here. We also wandered aroun dthe very quirky museum.
This is Dornoch beach, it is stunning. The drone was a DJI Spark
Finally we went to the Cadboll Stone.This stone is actually a copy – the original is in the museum of Scotland. The magnificent reconstruction was undertaken by a sculptor called Barry Grove. It was completed in 2012 after 4 years of work. The emblem of the woman riding side saddle has been claimed, in my mind fancifully to be Christ in triumph. What isn’t fanciful is that Glenmorangie, the scotch whisky brand, adopted the celtic knot emblem as their logo as part of the Glenmorangie relaunch.