North eastern adventures
Early last week, Lucy & I took ourselves off for an overnight jaunt. While the lovely, warm Spring weather was tempting us to stay at home and crack on with the gardening it was equally enjoyable to be able to take our time as we journeyed up the A82 Great Glen road even stopping for a wee picnic on the shores of Loch Oich where the sun was sparkling on the water in the stiff breeze.
We reached the Inverness area early-mid afternoon and headed a little further north-east towards Nairn, following the signs for our destination; Cawdor Castle. This impressive, historic castle is also still family home to the Campbell Earls of Cawdor. The earliest parts of the old tower date from the 1400s and much of the existing house from the 17th Century. There are of course the legendary associations with Macbeth – the actual 11th Century Scots King as well as more mysterious Shakespearean character – and along with other great family stories and legends it is a fascinating place to visit. What seals it for me is the really wonderful garden with some very original sculptures, the maze and beautifully kept borders – especially on the lovely Spring day we were there. Highly recommended !
To top off our mini-break, we had a happy walk in the sunset along the wide sands on the edge of the Cromarty Firth and a successful visit for Lucy the next morning to the Black Isle Foundry to discuss all things Bronze…..