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Church that houses the Clann Gunn Heritage Center.

Ya hoo!  I didn’t loose all the pictures I took at Urquardt Castle.  When I dropped my camera I must have popped the flash memory card loose.  I started getting memory full messages while taking pictures.  There was no way the memory was full! I can take over 200 pictures with the memory card installed in the camera.  I checked the card, and found it was not fully in place.  I popped it back in, and presto, all the photos I had taken on our trip to Urquardt were there.  I am a happy camper.  Some of them really turned out well.

 

Today, we had a choice on going to another castle that I would like to see, or up to the area that Clan Gunn hails from.

View of the village church and graveyard.
  We decided that we are going to see many other castles, so off we went to the Clan Gunn heritage center.  It was a pleasant drive up the east coast of Scotland thru areas called Sutherland and Caithness.  The weather is being very fickle. Some times it is sunny, and some times it is rainy.  It is in the low forties, but drops into the low thirties at times.

 

When we arrived at the church that houses the Clan Gunn heritage center is it was snowing and blowing so hard the snow was falling sideways.  To our dismay, the heritage center was closed.  It is only open from June to September…bummer.  I took pictures of the church and cemetery.  It was very cold, and my hands were shivering.  Also, it looks like I got snow flakes on the lens every now and then.

This was a thatch roofed cottage across next to the tea room.
  We waited a bit and the snow finally stopped, but we could not get into the church yard, as the gate was locked.

 

Just before we arrived at the church, I had spotted a “Tea Room”.  We were cold, so I decided to stop.  We each had a nice hot cup of Hot Chocolate and a scone. I also had a bacon and egg on a biscuit.  This food was incredible…probably because it came from the farm that was on the plot behind the Tea Room.  The Tea Room was very nice. It was a two rooms, a dinning area and a kitchen.  The two older ladies that were working there were very nice.

 

Since our trip out to the heritage center was a bust, I decided that we would stop at Dunrobin Castle on the way back to Inverness.

Dunrobin Castle.
It was/is the residence of the Duke of Sutherland and his family. I asked if it was currently being used, and the gentleman at the front door told me that the “Countess” stays there on occasion.  Not sure if there is a current Duke of Sutherland.  While we were there we were able to observe a falconry demonstration.  We saw an owl, a falcon and a hawk fly. It was pretty cool.  The boys were amazed and horrified that the falcon master feed the birds dead baby chicks.  (looked like “Little Peeps” to me). But being little boys they still thought watching the birds gobble down their treats was pretty cool.  I think Bobby got some video of one of the birds munching away.

 

After leaving Dunrobin, it was back to Inverness.  It was fun driving the country roads, but it is a bit tiring.  You have to pay close attention while driving.  The roads are narrow, and when there is a slow moving vehicle you get to play the speed up and go around game.  That can be fun, but you have to really watch the on coming traffic. Not only to time your own passing runs, but also to be aware of when oncoming traffic may come into your lane. But the VW Passat has good pick up, and 6 speeds.  It felt like driving a little race car sometimes.

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Church that houses the Clann Gunn …
Church that houses the Clann Gunn…
View of the village church and gra…
View of the village church and gr…
This was a thatch roofed cottage a…
This was a thatch roofed cottage …
Dunrobin Castle.
Dunrobin Castle.
Another view.
Another view.
Some sort of mausoleum.
Some sort of mausoleum.
Not sure, poss keepers cottage.
Not sure, poss keeper's cottage.
Graves that were outside of the wa…
Graves that were outside of the w…
The church/graveyard was set right…
The church/graveyard was set righ…
It was freezing cold, but I liked …
It was freezing cold, but I liked…
I thought the coastline was specta…
I thought the coastline was spect…
The tea room farm barn. I thought …
The tea room farm barn. I thought…
Buildings across the road from the…
Buildings across the road from th…
Tree lined drive leading from main…
Tree lined drive leading from mai…
Clock tower at Dunrobin Castle. Th…
Clock tower at Dunrobin Castle. T…
The boys with the star of the falc…
The boys with the star of the fal…
Some of the birds kept at the cast…
Some of the birds kept at the cas…
Harry we found Hedwig.
Harry we found Hedwig.
Gunn Country Caithness Highlands
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