Fortrose, Rosmarkie and Invergordon
Since our drenching when we arrived in Glasgow we haven’t had any rain, it’s been cold and the skies often cloudy but today was beautifully sunny. We were told seals and dolphins hung out near Rosmarkie so we set off to see them, unfortunately they were elswhere today and I wasn’t surprised, it was too cold to be lazing about on a beach. As we drove away a pheasant darted out of a bush on the golf course which is either side of the promontory road, he crossed right in front of us. That was the first of several lovely birds we saw today.
We drove beside the Cromarty Firth where we’d seen a couple of seals then headed for Invergordon.
On the way to Invergordon we saw a sign to “The Clootie Well” and that sounded intriguing especially since I knew Alex’s mum used to quote the saying, “Never shed a cloot ’till May’s oot” ie don’t shed any layers until June. Apparently a pagan tradition was to dip a piece of clothing in the well before hanging it on a tree for good luck. The result of this tradition continuing can only be described as bizarre. The photo will show what I mean.
At Invergordon we checked out some of the murals on the walls of the town but didn’t have any map to show us the trail so only saw about 10 of the 17.