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A little hung over from the previous night, of course breakfast had to be at 7:45am. We got to see some spectacular scenery of Northern Scotland from the bus which took us to the fields of CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE. This told the story of  the Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish Clans. From the centre we walked the paths of the battlefield that had memorial stones to the different clan names and markers where they also stood for the battle. Most of the field was the purplish hue of heather. It didn't seem to be enough time as we had only walked a portion of it and our watches said it was time for us to go back to the bus. We literally RAN back so we wouldn't get left behind only to find out that he newlywed couple hadn't made it back.

Culloden's battlefield
Our guide had to go look for them & came back with them 10 minutes later.
Our route followed the coast road, across the bridge of the Dornoch Firth to the beautiful and majestic DUNROBIN CASTLE that was the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Part dates back to the year 1401. We toured the interior and no pictures were allowed inside but I took one not realizing that until Suzi warned me.  The gardens were beautiful overlooking the North Sea. There were a few Owls for demonstrations. There was a tree that had the biggest Rhubarb leaves I have ever seen!


Our last stop for the afternoon was at CAITHNESS GLASS FACTORY, which by the time we got there it was closed for tours. The shop was opened and there were different shapes and types of glass for purchase. We then headed for Wick.

euphemy says:
I know what it feels like to fall in the mud. I slid and fell walking down to Ardveck castle in 2005. I was soooo embarassed because there were a few people! They asked if I was ok. I was but had mud all over my pants which never did come out! lol But I just laughed it off. But I know how you feel. :)
Posted on: Dec 08, 2007
highlandmist says:
i fell in a hole at culloden battlefield which sort of ruined it for me. my husband running ahead as usual left the "legal" path & headed for the road and as i was trying to keep up he spun around and said something unintelligible to me in his thick aberdeen accent, and just i said was asking "whaa..." i disappeared into a ditch :( ruined my new white sneaks, front of my jeans up to the knees covered in thick mud, hands covered in mud, and when i came up he was laughing and i was sputtering! he said "well i *telt* ya to watch oot fer the hole dafty!" then had to go back thru the tourist center looking like that. mortified. lol.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2007
euphemy says:
You are welcome. People still put flowers on the graves, it is such a sad place. I bet that was quite the experience with the owl! I would have liked that. :)
Posted on: Nov 20, 2007
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Near Dornoch
Near Dornoch
Cullodens battlefield
Culloden's battlefield
Jacobite flag flies over Culloden
Jacobite flag flies over Culloden
My illegal picture of Suzi inside …
My illegal picture of Suzi inside…
Dunrobin Castle gardens
Dunrobin Castle gardens
Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle
another angle
another angle
the gardens
the gardens
Its partly hidden by the trees
It's partly hidden by the trees
and another angle
and another angle
more of the pretty gardens
more of the pretty gardens
picturesque
picturesque
you can see all of the back
you can see all of the back
owl on display
owl on display
this path just seems to end in the…
this path just seems to end in th…
me at Dunrobin
me at Dunrobin
me again
me again
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photo by: euphemy