Category Archives: Travel

North Berwick Harbour

North Berwick Harbour

It was wet and raining this morning when I got up, so I thought I’d drive out somewhere and get a cooked breakfast. Somewhere was going to be Haddington, but that turned out to be the place where the only car park I could find was for people working for the council. Just to be sure I drove back through the town but still could not see a car park!

So somewhere turned out to be North Berwick and this is what I spent my money on.

North Berwick breakfast

More photos from the trip to Scotland

Inverness

River Ness
River Ness

Forres in Bloom

Forres in Bloom

Forres in Bloom

Cake
…and cake

Aviemore

Aviemore

Loch Morlich and the Cairngorm Mountains

Loch Morlich

Loch Morlich and the Cairngorm Mountains

Cairngorm Mountains
Heather

Loch Morlich and the Glenmore Forest
Loch Morlich and the Glenmore Forest

Logie Steading and River Findhorn

Logie Steading and River Findhorn

Scottish thistle
Scottish thistle

Knock Farril

Cromarty Firth from Knock Farril
Cromarty Firth from Knock Farril

Glenurquhart Forest

Glenurquhart Forest
By chance we parked right by the cache

Glenurquhart Forest

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Yachts in the Caledonian Canal Locks

Yachts in the Caledonian Canal Locks
Just opening the gates

Inverness

It rained hard and then turned into a great summer day!

Inverness

Inverness

Beauly Firth

Beauly Firth
The view at lunch time

Beauly Firth
click on the above image for a larger version

Kessock Bridge
The Kessock Bridge

River Cannich

River Cannich

Corrimony Cairn

Corrimony Cairn

Black Rock Gorge

Black Rock Gorge

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Evanton Wood

Evanton Wood

The River Glass

Thunder storm at Dingwall Campsite

Thunder storm at Dingwall Campsite
The view from in the car

Invergodon

Invergodon looking away from the docks
click on the above image for a larger version
Invergodon looking away from the docks

John o’ Groats and Ness of Duncansby

John o' Groats and Ness of Duncansby

John o' Groats and Ness of Duncansby

Orkney

Orkney

Orkney
click on the above image for a larger version

Dingwall Campsite

Dingwall Campsite

We had been camped here for eight nights – so we left our marks! A couple of days of sun and rain should fix it.

MX-5 packed

The MX-5 is not big enough for two to go camping, so we need some extra luggage room. The boot bag fits securely and adds 50l of extra space.


Timber

Red leaf

John o’ Groats and Wick

We headed north today – all the way north.

John o’ Groats

John o' Groats
John o’ Groats harbour

John o' Groats
click on the above image for a larger version

We walked out along the coast, leaving the tourist area behind. There were even two caches along our route – the most northerly mainland caches.

Ness of Duncansby
Ness of Duncansby

Duncansby Head
Duncansby Head

John o' Groats from Ness of Duncansby
John o’ Groats from Ness of Duncansby

Wick

We stopped here mainly to eat, but we also visited the “shortest street”

Ebenezer Place

Ebenezer Place

Ebenezer Place was built in 1883 and measures only 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) long. It has only one address: No 1.

It was also the location of our last geocache of this holiday.

Invergordon and Tain

Invergodon

For a small Highland town Invergordon can be very busy – cruise liners stop here. Today there were two of them at the docks. We were stopped by four Americans, who asked for directions, their cruise was heading on to Reykjavik and then to New York.

Cromarty Firth from Invergordon
click on the above image for a larger version
Cromarty Firth from Invergordon

We visited the interesting museum, avoided the craft fair and any cafe, but still picked up four geocaches in this very busy town.

Jeremy signing a geocache log
Jeremy signing a geocache log

Invergordon Docks
Invergordon Docks

Tain

Having spent some time on the couches in the Sunflower Too (sic) Cafe, and with the weather now turned sunny we went for a walk along the coast at Tain.

Tain

Evanton and Alness

We went first to Evanton to walk in the Community Wood there and to look at Black Rock Gorge. Along the way we picked up geocaches.

Black Rock Gorge

Black Rock Gorge
Looking down into the deep gorge from one of the foot bridges across it.

Black Rock Gorge

The river at the bottom is the River Glass which passes out of the gorge into Evanton Wood.

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Toadstool

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Nessie

Evanton Wood

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Evanton Wood

Evanton Wood and the River Glass

Alness


We found a cache here

We were doing well picking up caches in Alness, when we dropped into the Alness Heritage Centre. The next couple of hours was spent, very enjoyably, being shown around by Jim, one of the volunteers. He was an excellent guide, he showed us and told us about dozens of exhibits we would never had seen or understood. We also got tea there and homemade shortbread.

This is an iron, that is heated using pressurised paraffin, made by the Tilley company who still make Tilley lamps today. Tilley lamps make good flame throwers if the pressurised paraffin is released before the lamp is fully primed! Not the safest way to put creases in your clothes, especially if you are left handed, as the emergency pressure release valve is clearly visible in the photo.

Tilley iron

Tilley iron