We’re back in Scotland! A bit by last minute chance more than anything. We were looking to go away for a few days in England but everything was either extortionately priced, or was was fully booked up. And as we’re pretty last minute at finding anything, things weren’t looking so great. Then we had a little brain wave and thought about Scotland. As the Scottish kids would be back to school, everything there would be a lot more reasonably priced (if we avoided Edinburgh’s fringe festival), so we decided to head up north to Inverness, as we didn’t quite make it last time we came.
And it’s been a really lovely few days. We popped into Perth, went through the Cairngorms, onto the wildlife park and are now in Inverness for a couple more days, doing little day trips out. I think I underestimated this whole area as we could easily stay here for a week and have something to do every day. Alas, I guess it means we’ll have to come back again sometime soon and see even more of it.
Chanonry Point has been one of my most favourite bits so far. It’s a popular dolphin sighting point and we spent about an hour sat about waiting for dolphins today, to no avail. We did succeed in telling the boys off approximately 37 times in that hour and regretted not bringing a picnic with us. If you ever happen to visit then take some food with you! We gave up after an hour having taken a lot of photos of this beautiful light house and bundled everyone back into the car again to move onto the next place. It was then that a boat sailed past in the distance, promptly followed by a handful of dolphins wanting a bit of a play. So we all clambered back out of the car and spent and hour watching them swim back and forth. They were a bit too far to capture on my iPhone but I do have a couple of good..ish shots on my big camera. Zooming in, you could see they were bottle nosed dolphins and they kindly hung around for everyone to snap away for a while. It’s the third time ever I’ve seen dolphins and I was so happy to add “Scottish dolphins” to my list. I keep suggesting we should “pop by” tomorrow but given we need to cram in a couple more things, we may have to settle for our fleeting sighting. This time. The highlight for the boys was finding huge rocks. To be little again.