Dornoch and Embo

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

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Monday, July 15, 2013

We have been in Scotland since Sunday when we arrived from London by train.  Ray and Trish had already flown up and had settled into the hotel and picked up the hire car when we arrived in Inverness only 20 minutes late.  It was too late for a pub dinner though,  and all that was open in Inverness at 9.20 pm on a Sunday was an Indian restaurant.  It had a nice view of the river and we had an excellent meal!
After a huge breakfast on Monday morning we started north, stopping at the Battlefield of Culloden on the way, so i could begin to understand the history of Scotland, which can be basically summed up by saying - lots of wars - mainly against the English.
Our exchange cottage is in Embo, a former fishing village and now a quiet beachside town about 5kms  north of Dornoch.  The house is the end of a row of terraces, about half a km  from the beach.  It's big and comfortable and we have settled into a routine of doing a walk in the morning, a quiet time in the afternoon and then another outing ( usually involving a wee dram), in the evening.  It doesn't get dark here until about and then  gets light again about, so we have to be careful about bed times and getting up times! 
 On Tuesday we did The Big Burn walk, which is reported to be one of the top 5 short walks in UK.  It was up a pretty glen to a waterfall, with lots of creek crossings along the way.  Needless to say, we all enjoyed it. 
Yesterday we broke our pattern by doing a full day trip to beautiful Loch Ness.  We all enjoyed Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle - ruined as a result of a war of course - made a dramatic foreground to the loch.
The weather has been just superb.  We haven't had the very high temperatures of the south of England, but 23 is a hot day up here and it's been that all week. It's been a bit cloudy on and off and close to the coast, the wind has a bit of a nip, but today is very sunny and warm. 

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Penny on

So green - and sunny to boot. It sounds fantastic. Love to all

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