Blogs from Dornoch, Sutherland, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Dornoch May 31st 2018

Wed 30 May, we had an easy drive from Ardersier through Inverness north to Dornoch. We stopped at Tain to stretch our legs. We walked down to the Tain Golf Club where Bill met up with Old Tom Morris (well, his statue at least). After a coffee at the Sunflower Cafe cheerily decorated with (you guessed it) sunflowers, we drove ten minutes down the highway to the Glen Morangie Whisky Distillery. Only a brief stop and then in to Dornoch. Checked into the grand looking Dornoch Hotel. Wandered across the road to check out Royal Dornoch Golf Club. We had a booking for Friday but had miscalculated our timing. Thursday would be so much better for us. The Pro very kindly found us a spot for 11am Thurs. Perfect!! We filled in the afternoon exploring the ... read more
Bill and the Macgregor brothers
Duncansby Head
Dornoch Hotel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Dornoch May 16th 2016

Scotland: Loch Ness Monsters, Invergordon, and Dunrobin Castle Ah the land of the Loch Ness Monster. We must let you know that there was no sighting of the monster on this trip. Our friends Sharon and Dave actually went to Loch Ness for a look but they were “skunked”… no sighting of Nessie. However they said the scenery was spectacular ;-) When we got back to the ship we saw a sign that cleared up everything… Nessie was going to be out for all to see…tomorrow! We missed her by a day! LOL As for us, we were off on a one hour bus ride through incredibly green and beautiful countryside with sheep, Scottish cattle and old and modern homes and villages to Dunrobin Castle. We approached Dunrobin through the forest on a long tree lined ... read more
Dunrobin Castle
Cope and Jean Dunrobin
Dunrobin Gardens and the Sea

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Dornoch October 19th 2014

This blog is written tonight under the influence of 15 yr Dalmore. Starting off leaving Peterhead we visited as many small fishing villages as we could. The winding narrow streets were a treat to drive. Some villages claim to be 16th or 17th century. We stopped when we heard the bells ringing in Fraserburgh where the minister asked us to come in for the service but we begged off and headed back onto the road. Next stop was Duff House. A manor house donated to the National Trust. We just had to have a lunch of cullen skink & tea in the tea room. This place has the best town names... Buckie, Lossiemouth, Duffus, etc... and we drove thru all of them. Stopping at the Elgin cathedral ruins. 2 of the main towers are still intact ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Dornoch September 18th 2011

Today we left the ghetto hotel (Ben Nevis Hotel) in Fort William. We thought we would backtrack a few miles to a small town so we could clean our clothes in a laundrette. Unfortunately, the English lady in the gps led us to a ferry crossing after about 16 kms. I wasn’t interested in crossing a lock on a ferry just for clean clothes so we turned around and continued our journey north to Dornoch castle via Inverness. Driving here is not like Canada. In Canada you can set the cruise, put your feet up, drink your Tim Hortons coffee and relax. Here driving is like a sport. On highways there are no shoulders and the speed limit is 70mph. On secondary roads there are no shoulders, they are very curvy, the lanes are barely wide ... read more
Dornoch Castle Room
Relaxing in Comfort.

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