My hosts for the day, Richard and Shiona, treated me to a day out in the country. After a really nice drive across Black isle over the Cromarty Firth we went through Evaton and Bonar Bridge to visit the Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, Sutherland.
This is one of the best preserved castles I have visited so far. The castles original Keep dates back to the 13th century with additions done in each century thereafter. It is now open to the public as a tourist attraction and the owners live on the estate in newer houses.
We first walked the gardens and then were booked to watch a falconry presentation.
We arrived in time for the Falconry presentation at 11h30 in the gardens of the estate. This was an outstanding presentation done by Andy Hughes sharing his vast knowledge of birds and in particular the falcons. Falconry is a practice used for the past 4000 years.
An interesting fact about the hunting skills of owls is that the wingtip feathers have barbs that soften the flow of air thus not causing a vortex therefore making their flight silent. This is how they swoop down on their prey in silence as opposed to other birds of prey that use speed combined with a good eyesight.
I then walked through the castle and in fact felt like I had gone back in time. Besides displaying many artefacts the castle was left as it was when it was still lived in.
Tomorrow Carrbridge then Aviemore……..
Eugene on a bike somewhere in the world