Travel Blogs from Nairn
... despite huge tourist signs at either end of Cawdor township we could not find a sign in Cawdor that would direct us to the castle. Very annoying. This area close to Culloden which has great local significance being the site of the last great battles of independence from the English. Consoled ourselves with a visit to a local cheese factory where we taste tested a number of cheeses and chutneys. Made a number of cheese purchases. ...
... as well as ascending and descending hills - keeps speed down to less than an average of 100km/hr. Later in the morning the road deteriorates to one lane with many passing bays. Makes for interesting but demanding driving as there are vehicles heading the opposite direction at regular intervals. Made a number of photo stops as there are lots of pretty outlooks and dramatic scenes in this isolated region. Note many places starting with 'Inver' and 'Kin' ...
... was interesting none the less to look at it. It is actually insane to me that this structure was built int he 12th century, and parts of it are still standing now.
Now it was the homestretch drive to see Loch Ness. There was an optional boat tour that I decided to go on with a few other people from my tour group. The boat ride was kind of anticlimactic, although the views are pretty it wasn't exactly what I was expecting from the Loch Ness. And no, Nessie did not make ...
... an interior that is "stunning and an experience in its own right" - well I couldn't disagree with that. My fish and chips were excellent and as in Golspie the night before the place was very busy.
Total distance covered 18.7 miles - my left foot was still feeling the effects of blisters but hadn't hindered my progress.
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... I was able to get a lift from David Steele, taking me to Inverness by 8.30 and allowing me to reach my starting point in Tain by 10.30. This was important as I had a long day ahead. I would have to rely on B&B again and this presented a difficulty. There was no B&B between Embo at 13 miles and Golspie at 26 miles and no bus that would take me on or back if I chose to stop. So I decided to go for it ...
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