Scotland road trip NC500 – from John o’Groats to Inverness (part 2)

After a long morning on the road and a delicious lunch break at The River Bothy Berriedale, the Castle of Dunrobin was our next destination. This castle closes down in October and opens again in April. So do plan your road trip accordingly. If you wanted Game of Thrones you might recognize as the Eyrie, seat of the House of Arynn (that’s the one with the Moon Door). Of course in real life it doesn’t look like it at all, still the castle is a definite must-see when in the area. The castle has 189 rooms and you can see a couple of them during a visit.

Dunrobin Castle @Scotland

the garden as seen from the castle balcony @Dunrobin Castle

Oh, and the castle looks way better from the garden below. Unfortunately we never made it there, someone was already too tired. At least we toured the castle itself and I was more than impressed with all the details. You can see that this has been the home for the Dukes of Sutherland for a long time.

I especially liked the deer heads. There was even one with a sign below which said “Killed by the Duke of Sutherland in Dunrobin Forest”. Definitely something he was proud of. Not sure if I would have used the word killed though, but meanwhile times have changed of course.

entrance hall with Halloween decoration @Dunrobin Castle

a library with lions @Dunrobin Castle

There was one more stop on the way to Inverness and this was Dornoch. This seaside resort town has a cathedral from the 13th century and a witch’s stone. The last witch to die by fire was Janet Horne and came from Dornoch. No idea if any more witches died some other horrible way later, but I would guess so; women were always tortured. Also not really sure what the stone says about the witch. Yours, Pollybert

cemetery next to Dornoch Cathedral @Scotland

the witches’ stone @Dornoch

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