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... in the area. These date from the 8th century or earlier at a time when the Picts were converting to Christianity. The Nigg stone is normally housed in the old Nigg parish church but unfortunately had been removed for repair.
After 7 miles or so on a minor road I came back to the coast at Shandwick, one of three settlements which run together and are collectively known as the Seaboard Villages. At the top of the hill above the village I almost ...
... defeat at Culloden, the playing of bagpipes was forbidden for the Highlanders, but it seems to have been all right for angels.
The battlements not only house the cannons, they provide an excellent viewing place for the Moray Firth's resident pod of bottle-nose dolphins, and we were lucky to see a few of them.
... And as we drove through the surrounding countryside, we saw lots of grain waiting to be harvested. At the distilleries in Islay we had learned that most of their barley comes from this region.
In the afternoon we drove to Culloden Battlefield, where the last full-scale battle on British soil was fought on April 16, 1746, resulting in the definitive defeat of the Jacobite Rising. The ...
... that Proclaimers' song began to echo in my head.
The first point of interest was a triangulation pillar at the side of the road (perhaps that's a measure of how interesting a day it was, or maybe it's just a geographer's thing) - these are usually found on mountain summits. This one a mere 4 metres above sea level. Soon I came to the hamlet of Jemimaville. What a great name! - named after the ...
... and boats were being secured in the harbour. I wanted to cover a few more miles, leaving fewer to walk on Wednesday so I set my face into the wind along the B road which follows the north shore of the Black Isle. After a couple of miles I turned south cutting across to the main road to catch a bus back to Inverness.
Distance covered 13.8 miles.
See the route at http://gb.mapometer.com/walking/route_2 285699.html