Whatamore Steps, Hill O'Many Stanes, Lybster, Grey Cairns of Camster and Tulloch Castle
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FRIDAY: DAY 29: We were up at 8am for breakfast which included porridge, egg, mushrooms, toast, grapefruit & banana. We talked with our B&B hostess before we set off as she showed us her cats. We drove back to STROMNESS to catch the ferry back to SCRABSTER on mainland Scotland. I was hoping to get better pictures of the OLD MAN of HOY but wouldn't you know the only time it was foggy was when we were passing by it! Oh well! We went back to THURSO and exchanged money at the bank, shopped for crisps at the store and went to the TIC. It was a WARM, BRIGHT and SUNNY day! I could not believe that we had better weather in the north and of course for our last few days.
Then we saw the HILL O' MANY STANES which included over 200 stones in a fan shaped pattern in 22 rows. It seems to have been done in 1900BC for observations of the moon. These were small stones not like the ones on Orkney. We stopped in a village called LYBSTER to see the WATERLINE VISITOR CENTRE that had displays about the history, flora and geology of Lybster. Upstairs, there was a boat in the making. We drove down a steep hill to get to the harbour where there was a small lighthouse. After here we explored our last archeological site, the GREY CAIRNS OF CAMSTER.
Then we drove to DINGWALL to TULLOCH CASTLE HOTEL where we were staying for the night. This was a beautiful hotel & we had a huge room. We reserved dinner here & I got penne pasta, filet, chips, onion rings & mushrooms. It was an excellent meal and for dessert I got double chocolate ice cream. Our waiter was an ELIJAH WOOD look-a-like with glasses. I think he was the last "fake" we saw.