day 10 - Wick to Dornoch

A much flatter drive south on the A9 passing numerous castles and passing through Brora and Golspie. There were some fascinating nature reserves at Loch Fleet and Skelbo with seals, geese and curlews all interested in the life in the sea lochs.

 

Dunrobin Castle

Heading south from Wick our next stop was Dunrobin Castle near Golspie.  We spotted it before arrival and took this long range shot. Our internal guided tour was briefly diverted around the wedding of a 'Sutherland' which was taking place. Well worth a 1/2 day trip and spot of lunch in the cafe.

Dunrobin Castle

The resident falconer, Peter, entertained about 50 of us as he put the birds through several tests. Apparently the birds are all 'rescues' or 'rescues' offspring so are raised in captivity. I think he called this an eagle owl - very impressive birds.

Dunrobin Castle

Some of the more recent renovations (in 1835 -1850) draw from French Renaissance and Scottish baronial architecture whereas the older middle age elements can be seen around the internal courtyard.

Dunrobin Castle Gardens

There are so many photos to take in the gardens and ample places to sit. This chair looked so appealing that even a peacock butterfly took a rest.

 Skelbo and Loch Fleet

Skelbo and Loch Fleet

Synchronised domestic geese at Skelbo It reminded us of Hilda Ogden's 'muriel' on Coronation Street.