Chip had to work Wednesday, so this was a solo
outing for Kim and I. We opted to visit
the Eastern Coast
to balance yesterday’s adventure, bound for Nairn and Cawdor Castle. We wanted to visit Cawdor Castle because it
was reputed to be the setting for Macbeth…we subsequently learned that the
‘area’ was where the real-life Macbeth lived, although this castle was
obviously built after he had gone to greener pastures. The gardens were marvelous, although the
castle tour is a bit odd --- the owners inhabit the place for part of the year,
and going through a bedroom where there are phones and pictures of family
greatly detracts from any feeling of history.
Gardens at Cawdor Castle
We pressed on to the coastal village
of Nairn and tromped
about the town. The glorious rocky coast
reminded both Kim & I of when we lived in Maine…just beautiful!
We meandered back to Inverness and
detoured to sneak a peek at another coastal village, Ardiesier.
Not a tourist town, Ardiesier was a bit run
down but still had a pretty coastline.
We ducked into a bar for an afternoon spot of tea and got quite a
chuckle. In addition to ourselves, there
were three middle-aged women and the bartender…with the ladies accompanying
“Harper Valley PTA” on the radio in thick brogues! That was just too weird…
From Ardiesier we made the final trek to the Farr House, treated to a
sumptuous dinner by Chip’s host family.
We didn’t tarry as we had an early train departure for Edinburgh the next morning, and said goodbyes