More from sunny Scotland

Trip Start Jul 02, 2013
Trip End Oct 15, 2013

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

The weather continues to be exceptional and we are having a great time.  Yesterday we went to John O'Groats, which is the northernmost town in Scotland and also Dunnet Head, which is the northernmost point.  
 At Dunnet Head we saw puffins, which always causes a bit of excitement! 
It was a lovely day, visiting little fishing villages like Lybster ( you have got to love that name) and ruined castles at Noss Head, and the heritage centre at Wick where we learned all about herring fishing.  
 At Lybster, we were given some absolutely fresh mackerel by a fisherman, and Alan cooked them in a Thai style sauce for dinner.
We also dropped in at the Queen Mother's place at Mey.  She wasn't there of course but her castle is open to the public until next week, when her grandson Charles is expected to stay for a few days.  She bought it after her husband, the king, died and she had it renovated, including putting in electricity and plumbing in 1952.  She is reported to have decorated it herself, buying secondhand furniture in a nearby town.  The gardens were just beautiful.
Did I mention we went to the Sutherland County Show at Dornoch?  I liked the sheep and cattle the best, although the terrier races were pretty amusing.
Today we all did what we wanted.  Trish and I played golf at the Dornoch links course, Alan hired a bike and went for a 30 km ride through the countryside and Ray took a trip on the bus to Inverness to do some family history research before our trip on the weekend to the old family home at Durness.

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mick on

Beautiful libby how lucky to get such warm weather. Went over for Pat's funeral yesterday. Fog and Frostt today. Have another dram or two for us.
Love Meg and Mick

Penny on

What fun you are all having. Great photos once again: the rock formations - natural and man-made - are amazing and the summer flowers in the castle grounds are so pretty and unexpected in such a dramatic area. The puffin is very cute. Trish looks very fit - tell her her stance is terrific but the gritted teeth might mean she needs to relax a bit more. I suppose you kept up with the British Open this past weekend - what an amazing golf course. Mickleson's last round was miraculous but a shame our boy tailed off once again. We Aussies can't win a trick at the moment. However I'll tune in for the first session at Old Trafford tomorrow week in case of another miracle.
Love to all

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