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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 » Durness May 5th 2018

Ullapool, daar waar we ons vorig jaar rond deze tijd vol stopten met alles wat er maar te eten viel na 11 dagen gelopen te hebben vanaf Fort William. Een onwaarschijnlijk mooie, pittige en bijzondere trektocht. Na deze 220 km vanaf Fort William waren er nog 140 km over, waarover ik niet kon stoppen te dromen. En dromen zijn er om waar te maken, dus liepen Martine en ik op 25 april weer onze eerste vervolgstappen op de Cape Wrath Trail. Een makkelijk weggetje leidde ons omhoog een vallei ten noordoosten van Ullapool in. We passeerden enkele steengroeves en hadden al snel zicht op Loch Achall. Terug kijkend zagen we de prachtige bergen waar we vorig jaar onze laatste dag in stromende regen hadden gelopen. Nu waren er ook buien op komst. Echter voordat een bui ... read more
Richting Loch An Daimh
Schoolhouse Bothy
Boerderij Glen Oykel

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 » Lochinver September 12th 2015

Geo: 58.1474, -5.24238Brekkies again in our room. We left a little after 10am. It was windy and overcast, but only a little rain. We made a stop at Eilean Douane castle, which was interesting. The castle sits on a small island in a loch, and you can easily see why it is photographed a lot. The keep is decorated in Scottish-Edwardian, if there is such a thing. Lots of recent family photographs as well as older portraits. The castle had been destroyed (like many others) during the Jacobite rebellion, and it was rebuilt in the early 20th century when the current owner married a distillery heiress and suddenly had the funds for construction. It was rebuilt on the old plans.After the castle, we drove to the isle of Skye, where we had coffee then a picnic ... read more
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

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 » Lairg May 19th 2014

Well the ride is certainly drawing to its finale soon and today had some of, if not the best, cycling of the whole journey. Today was a long and late one though as we think we covered between 90 and a 100 miles and didnt arrive at our pub/hotel until about 10.15pm. First though we had a look round Nairn the b&b people were right , it is a good town with a good beach and everything -all that chatting and looking though meant we didn't get on the road until about 10.45am. Straight into Inverness - which again looked good but from there 85 miles to Crask Inn - so some serious riding to do. This we did and did and did and about 7.30pm had a rest in a small town called Kilgay. Around ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland May 28th 2013

Beyond Lairg we can't avoid the main road north any longer because that's the only road there is. But that's ok because here the main road becomes a single track with passing places, and it basically has the character of the back roads anyway. The few cars and lorries drive faster here, so we have to use all our skills to decide when to stop in the passing places, when to expect the cars to stop and wait for us, and when we can slip by each other in the limited available space. The scene is one of wide vistas across brown moors to distant mountain ranges topped with fresh snow. It is somewhat reminiscent of the American west, and even more like the south part of the Yukon territory that Kathy and I passed through ... read more
The Bettyhill Museum
Anglers in the Strathnaver
Mike Geldard and the three English birders at breakfast

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.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Helmsdale May 14th 2011

78 miles At the hostel in Helmsdale we were surrounded with LeJoG-ers on the eve of their final day of their journey so were rather excited and releived. On the ride to Inverness we encountered countless people with the tell tale bikes with panniers. This told us that there must be hundreds of people doing the same thing every week. Do you know ther are two associations to support the activity. Ths JoGLe Association and the LoGLe club. I got this from a magazine in the hostel so will look forward to discovering more about them when I can Google at leisure. The ride today was rather marred by needing to trvel along the A99 which is a rather busy road to Wick. We managed to get off it later and enjoyed some more spectacular scenery. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lochinver November 12th 2010

I know its been a long time since my last blog entry but there is a good reason why. Well mostly because it was pretty uneventful. The other main reason is that Ive pretty much had absolutely no internet access. Im now back to civilisation and where I have time on my hands to try and recap. Ive now finished work and left Lochinver well over a week ago, and looking back its been a pretty good memory and the last month or so had turned out to be quite a lot of fun. The end of the season was coming up and the hotel had become a lot less busy, so everyone had pretty much just relaxed at work and pretty much just fucked around. It became pretty enjoyable to work which was good because ... read more

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