Day 31, Dales to Golspie
Our drive this morning was to be a long one. We left Richmond at 7 am and headed north through Yorkshire, the edge of the Lake District, and across the border into Scotland. From there we headed north along the western central corridor through Dalwhinnie, across the Spey river, through Inverness and north to Golspie. Sadly, we passed a number of distilleries along the way with no time to stop. The one distillery we planned to stop at, Dalmore, was closed. Apparently the visitor’s centre is being redone, and no tours until 2024. Oh well, next visit.
We finally got to Golspie and were reunited with Sandra, our Camino buddy who also joined the 4 of us on our last visit to the Dales in 2019. We planned to overnight at Sandra’s and then head to the ferry for the Orkneys the next morning.
We had been sitting a long time so we thought a walk would do us all some good. Sandra led us along the sea wall in Golspie and out to Dunrobin Castle, the former seat of Lord Sutherland.
We all met back at Sandra’s where we had a fabulous dinner of Cullen Skink, Chicken and mushroom braise and a crowning dessert that resembled a pavlova. All in all, a great end to a fabulous visit with Sandra in Golspie!
Day 32, Golspie to the Orkney Islands
We were up bright and early and Sandra prepared, once again, a feast of a Scottish Breakfast. We wouldn’t have to eat for days, and yet she sent us on our way with a hamper packed with sandwiches, fruit and drinks and other goodies for our journey on the ferry! We felt very blessed as we headed on our way in the morning.
While heading to the ferry terminal at Scrabster, we made a slight detour. First we stopped by Wick where the most northerly “mainland” distillery is located; Old Pultney. Again, being a Sunday it wasn’t open, however you can see from the outdoor shots of the dunnage warehouses (aging storage for whisky barrels) the “angel’s share” has created a blackened hue to all the surrounding buildings. You could smell the whisky in the air as we walked around.
From Wick we headed to John O’Groats where we would complete our “longest line” in the UK; being from Land’s End to John O’Groats. (Unless of course, you’re a Bill Bryson fan)!
As we drove around the peninsula heading for Scrabster, we stopped at the castle that Elizabeth bought for her mother, Castle Mey. While there was no time to go in, we were able to capture a couple of shots, and heard the stories of then Prince Charles coming up there every year. They have fingers crossed that he will still visit even though he is now king!
We continued on and were soon at the ferry terminal. After a short time we started to board. The cars were truly jammed into the deck!
From Stromness, we drove to Kirkwall where we had our B & B for the next 4 nights. We took a little time to settle in, and while I was busy, Dan went out and surprised me with a lovely bouquet for Mother’s Day!
We opted to go out for dinner this night, and after dinner we went for a short walk to get a little air on this beautiful evening. With the sun setting at 9:30+ we had a glorious evening for a stroll.
Well, it has been a long couple of days of travel and transfers. Time for some rest. Hope to see you back here again! Until then.
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