September 19th, 1999 – by: euphemy
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.
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.