Roused by something on the roof of the Hymer around 5am, bloody seagulls again. This goes on for some time, so I get up and venture out to tell them to piss off. I find a one-footed gull staring at me from the roof. Obviously if i could have caught it it would have been a dead seagull. Anyway the gull flies to a nearby lamp post seemingly happy to have me up.
Back to bed for a while. Around 7am we start the usual things to get the day started. I step out of the Hymer to take some rubbish to the bin. My one legged mate is stairing down at me from the same lamp post, standing on it’s one remaining webbed foot, but appearing to wave his stump at me.
Its only a short drive back along the A9 to Dunrobin Castle.
We both found Dunrobin a memorable visit, but time moves along and so must we. Continuing south we stop at Dornoch just north of the Firth of Dornoch for a coffee and more exploring. Dornoch is most famous for it’s golf course, Royal Dornoch also as a market town blessed with many fine stone homes. It was also the place the last witch was executed in 1722.
Back in the Hymer we move on again down they final leg of the NC500. Mind you with the traffic, it’s a slow drive for the last 50 miles to Inverness taking almost 90 minutes. Our week or so driving the North Coast 500 Tourist Route has been magic and we would recommend it without hesitation.
We stop for lunch on the Caledonion Canal in Inverness for an hour, fuel up, then visit the Tesco for a quick shop before heading east to Culloden. We pass the Culloden Railway Viaduct, an amazing 29 span masonry bridge over the River Nairn on our way. But with no viewing point to safely stop we cannot show you a picture. We arrive at the Culloden Battle Fields some 15 minutes later.