Dornoch Off The Beaten Path

  • Skelbo Castle
    Skelbo Castle
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    Skelbo Castle
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  • View From the Coach
    View From the Coach
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    Skelbo Castle

    by uglyscot Updated May 24, 2011

    This ruin is near the road leading to Loch Fleet. If you climb the road that leads to the castle , you will find the broken walls of a strong keep, part of the curtain wall, a courtyard blocked with rubble from fallen buildings and behind this an old mansion house, with crow-stepped gables.

    The castle has had quite a long history , dating from the 13th century. It has belonged to Hugo Freskyn, who gave it to Gilbert de Moravia , and later belonged to the Duke of Sutherland

    For detailed information see Historylinks Museum .

    It is found 3 ½ miles from Dornoch
    east of A9
    south of Loch Fleet

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    Travelling through the Highlands

    by GypsyBessie Written Mar 12, 2005

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    We travelled through the mountains from Dornoch to Ullapool on a beautiful sunny but cold day and passed through the most fantastic scenery. This picture was taken from inside the coach, looking through the side window.

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    Wild Life in the Highlands

    by GypsyBessie Written Mar 9, 2005

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    On the same journey from Dornoch to Ullapool we saw lots of red deer; they had come down from the snow on the mountain tops to find food and we were lucky to see them so close up.

    This picture was taken from the coach window.

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    Coach Tour of the Highlands of Scotland

    by GypsyBessie Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Durng our stay in Dornoch we spent each day touring - "wall to wall" scenery all the way. Most days the weather was ideal - very cold but really sunny with a clear blue sky. This picture was taken somewhere between Dornoch and Ullapool - through the coach windscreen!

    Although the coach was full with approximately 40 passengers the road was almost free of traffic.

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    DUNROBIN GARDENS

    by hevbell Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    This is a view of part of the beautiful and ornate gardens at Dunrobin. Be sure to take a walk round but while in the gardens also be sure to pay a visit to the castles museum. You should allow at least an hour for this. Although it looks small from the outside they've packed a lot in.
    The first room in particular is somewhat macabre since its filled with the heads of hundreds of disembodied animals, mostly hunting trophies of the 5th Duke and Duchess from all over the world and including elephants, bison, crocodiles, even a giraffe!! There is also a lot of interesting family memorablilia in the gallery.

    Gardens of Dunrobin Castle

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    DUNROBIN CASTLE

    by hevbell Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    About one mile north of Golspie is Dunrobin Castle, the seat of the Sutherland family. The castle itself, designed by Sir Charles Barry and modeled on a French chateau, is like something out of a fairlytale with all its turrets etc

    The Sutherlands were once Europes biggest landowners with a staggering 1.3million acres but were also one of the principal driving forces behind the Highland clearances. So its worth remembering that all this wealth came at a cost to many thousands of crofters.

    Still I found the castle to be one of the most interesting I'd been round with lots of family mementoes and also plenty information but not presented in a boring way. The guides in the 17 rooms on display were also very helpful - it was one of them who told us about the connection with Carbisdale Castle and the clock tower there.

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    SHIN FALLS

    by hevbell Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    Shin Falls are a couple of miles west of Bonar Bridge near Invershin. As well as the falls themselves there is a nice restaurant/shop there plus a couple of woodland walks and an adventure playground and mini golf. We got a bit muddy at the playground :)))
    Mohammed Al Fayed, the owner of Harrods, apparently opened a new branch of the London store at Shin Falls recently

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    GOLSPIE BURN

    by hevbell Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    10 miles north of Dornoch is the rather boring (sorry but it is!) town of Golspie. Its one redeeming feature that I saw was the Big Burn woodland trail through the woods at Golspie Burn where there are a number of rapids and this waterfall. Its a lovely walk and can start from a number of locations, one of which is the Sutherland Arms Hotel.

    Golspie Burn
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    FALCONRY

    by hevbell Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    Also on view in the gardens is a falconry display and some of the birds. You can even get your photos taken with a couple of them, like this eagle, who are total poseurs!

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