Two days in Dornoch

Trip Start Jul 05, 2013
Trip End Oct 11, 2013

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

 Nostalgic visit back to Dornoch, where I lived with my family, between the ages of 1 and 9. I've been back once before, in 1976, which was about 10 years after we migrated to Tasmania.
The place is really thriving, largely due to its famous championship golf course...apparently it's affectionately known as a big golf course with a small village attached. 

 Population now is about 4000 ...when we lived there it was about 500! 
A lovely friendly place it is....and memories and names came flooding back. Mum and Dad had a house built, called Earl's Cross, that was very advanced for its the late 50s, as it was splitlevel to take advantage of the steeply sloped site, which at the time looked straight over fields to the golf course and the Dornoch Firth. Now there are houses in those fields, but it still has great views and has only changed hands twice since we left. I fet compelled to visit the exact spot on Earls  Cross Rd where I fell off my tricycle resulting in stitches and a scar under the chin.  I'm sure I could still see the dent in the road. 

The Dornoch Museum, Historylinks is a top place......great for several hours of browsing and a healthy dose of nostalgia for me 
Dornoch also boasts a wonderful long, pristine beach...I remember it fondly.  Dad established the first dinghy sailing club there, but ran into stiff opposition when he wanted to hold activities on The Sabbath Day.  

 I recall that he triumphed in the end....! 

Every Saturday in summer the Dornoch Pipe Band paraded and played in the it has amalgamated with some other bands but it was due to play 2 nights after we left...dammit! This was always a treat, and we had the best seats in the house...perched on the stone walls surrounding Trevose (see above) 
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Andrew on


Rob on

Right Alan. I think we should organize our entry to the Carnergie Shield at Royal Dornach before we get too old - followed by a single malt tour perhaps!

Cherry from Queanbo! on

What a gorgeous village! I'm up for a round of golf if you are?
Loving the blog!
Not jealous at all - well a little perhaps!
I'll just pop down the Queanbo river and see if I can find any platypus!

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