Castle Arms Hotel

Mey, Thurso, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, Scotland, KW14 8XH, United Kingdom | Hotel
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Orkney Islands

A travel blog entry by rerowand on Aug 09, 2014

We left the hotel at 8:00 for the 9:00 ferry to the Orkney Islands. The ride on the ferry was very smooth. Our guide, John was telling us it can be very rough at times, not because of the weather, but because of the tides. We sat on the upper deck, but after awhile it was too cold for Jean so we finished the ride to Orkney inside on the lower deck. It was about a 50 minute ride. The high for the day was about 58 degrees. On the island, we hopped on ...

Journey to Thurso

A travel blog entry by rerowand on Aug 08, 2014

... to have armies. He got rid of many of the people living on his land during the Highland Clearances and converted to sheep farming. Those who he needed for the new industry were treated well. We walked through various rooms open to the public. Many of the rooms had a blend of the old and new. Most of the portraits were of the entire lineage up to the current 7th Duke of Sutherland. After the castle tour we went down ...

Communing with the Water Spirits

A travel blog entry by grahamandmandi on Sep 20, 2013

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... or so in the middle of a massive pod of dolphins playing jump-and-chase in the late afternoon sunshine. It was absolutely magical, and has rather spoiled us for other dolphin sightings.

So we went back to Rosemarkie to see their ruined cathedral. It's quite sad, really, as only the sacristy and north aisle remain, the rest of the cathedral having been completely removed and built into sheep pens or cottages over the years. The sacristy at some later stage was used as ...

Caithness

A travel blog entry by grahamandmandi on Sep 13, 2013

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... could one?

From there, we went to the lighthouse at Duncansby, feeling a bit guilty as one of the lovely chats we'd had was with an older couple, keen "ramblers," on a free day in the middle of a train and bus holiday; he had been a ship's pilot and his current ambition was to visit, on land, all the lighthouses he had known from the sea, but from John O'Groats the Duncansby Lighthouse is 5 miles away and they only had an hour to spend. When ...

To the North!

A travel blog entry by grahamandmandi on Sep 09, 2013

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... men with large lenses waiting for the aircraft to fly overhead, we boarded my "usual" Crosscountry train from Aberdeen to Penzance, but this time only two stops, 15 minutes, to Ladybank. We had twenty minutes wait on the tiny platform with only one bench, which was occupied by a cheery young man and his smiling staffy. I mean, REALLY occupied by the staffy: as we approached the bench, instead of scooting over to make room for us, the young man patted the bench to encourage the dog to jump ...

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