Thursday, 11 August 2011

'I Don't Like Single Track Roads... And Rain'.

On Sunday it was time for Jaimie and myself to pack up and hit the road to Dornoch (yippee!).  We hired a car from the Sunday until Wednesday (today) and the first port of call was for Jaimie's bungee jump up in Killiecrankie with Highland Fling.  I have picked up a deal on Groupon a few months back as his birthday present and Sunday was the big day!  Jaimie had been so nervous about doing the jump and I didn't help by egging him on, BUT he did manage it and I was oh so proud of him; although as he jumped his left trainer went flying into the river never to be seen again(!). 
Οnce the jump was completed we drove to Dornoch Castle Hotel and Jaimie had to do so in his socks (luckily he had his smart shoes with him...).  It took us a few hours to get there from Killiecrankie and we arrived at the hotel for 5:30pm, checked in and we made ourselves comfortable in our room; which was MASSIVE!  We were on the 3rd floor and had a lovely view of the garden and also received a free bottle of wine on arrival, it was £99 for the two nights with breakfast included (another deal I snapped up, this time from KGB).  Dinner was booked for 7:30, so we headed down to the bar for our (free!) bottle of wine and ordered our meal, I had the cauliflower and almond soup to start with, for main it was sirloin steak and pudding was tiramisu, we also had canapés before our starters arrived.  Dinner was amazing and afterwards we were so tried and full that we went to bed super early! 

On the Monday (which was our first full day) we had big plans!  Falls Of Shin in the morning and then off to Dunrobin Castle; now this plan didn't go as how we would have liked it, due to Jaimie not listening to my instructions and we ended up at the top of Scotland after 2 hours of going in the wrong direction(!).  After the 'small' hiccup we were on the right track and arrived at Dunrobin Castle, which looks like a fairytale castle and I would like to live there please, sadly you were not allowed to take photographs inside, but if you are ever in that neck of the woods it's a must see!  We drove home after that and went on the hunt for dinner and that night we drove to Tain for a chippie, it wasn't the greatest but it hit the spot.  We also had a wee walk along the beach in Dornoch. 

On Tuesday we woke up had breakfast, packed up, checked out and drove to Dalmore distillery were we had a meeting with some whisky!  Jaimie LOVES his whisky so whenever we are away and there is a distillery we go on a tour.  Now the tour didn't last too long, but we got to see the usual things you see on one of these tours, at the end however is my favourite part as that's when you get to taste the whisky and have a couple if drams!  When we left Dalmore we drove to Balvenie Castle which is one of the Historic Scotland castles so we didn't have to pay, got up and close to some Highland Cooooows!  Then we hit up another castle, Huntley Castle which was a favourite of mine, we did a little bit of bird watching in the forms of sparrows flying to and from their nests that they had built inside the castle walls. 

We had a very loooooooooooong drive home yesterday and got into Edinburgh at 9pm, glad to be back in my own bed, but sad that the holiday is over with.  I now just have to look forward to my time away in September! 

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