SCOTTISH HOLIDAY 2010.
FORTROSE -BLACK ISLE.
I think that I was looking forward to this part of the trip more than any other and I was not disappointed. Firstly the caravan park was on the edge of the Moray Firth and the sea at high water was no more than 10 yards from the tow hitch. We had great views to the the road bridge to Stirling and left down to the end of the Fortrose point and Lighthouse. In particular there was a good chance of seeing wild Bottlenose Dolphins close to shore with a possibility of seeing them jumping if they were feeding on the Salmon that run the Forth up to the River Ness, Loch Ness and beyond.
The forth is also a popular boating area and also a shipping channel for cargo steamers going up to Inverness.
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This is the view from our caravan of the bridge across to Inverness.
|CONTENTS of SITE|
|AIRCRAFT other fliers|
|ARRAN ISLAND HOLIDAY|
|BARBON HILL CLIMB|
|BOATS and BOATING|
|KITE and WINDSURFING|
|LAND and SEASCAPES|
|LAND and SEASCAPES-2|
|LAND and SEASCAPES-3|
|SCOTTISH HOLIDAY 2010|
|SCOTTISH HOL 2010-pag2|
|SCOTTISH HOL 2010-pag3|
|SCOTTISH HOL 2010-pag4|
|S/W IRELAND HOL 2007|
|SUNSETS and SUNRISES|
|SCOTTISH HOL - 2007|
One of the Fortrose churches and a detail of the arched window.
Standing on the end of the point is the lighthouse. Stuart says they must be 'flat packed' as we saw at least four similar ones on our holiday. The barge came down the forth from Inverness with a party of teenagers, possibly scouts. I think they were Dolphin watching as they turned round at the start of the bay and returned up the forth. They had probably travelled down the canal and were returning after seeing the Dolphins. Fort George guards the entrance to the forth and is still in use today. The coasters 'Antabe' and Humber Fisher plies regularly up to Inverness. Possible discharging dredging's or treated sewage out into the open sea.
South along the coast from Fortrose is Avoch village again with its own harbour.
This bonnie Heron landed behind the caravan at low tide where Rosalind had been paddling earlier. I don't think there was any connection there!!.
Interesting to watch were the seabirds. The tern was diving for Sprats, the Seagull was picking up Whelks, flying up to about 20 feet and dropping them on to the stones to break the shell. The Ring Plover and Knot were picking amongst the pebbles, probably for sand hoppers or the like.
the lifeboat went passed going a a 'fair lick' but whether it was to a call or not we did not hear.
We had a drive round to Cromarty, stopped to photograph this bright Oil Seed Rape field. Directly across the road was beautifully ploughed field ready for or maybe already planted with tatties. From the car park we got a good view of the Stena Don oil rig anchored in the firth. A walk along the Shore line and I saw the Cromarty lighthouse.
Stuart and I spent quite a few hours on the point hoping to see the Dolphins. It is a popular spot and there were up to 30 people there at times. I took over 300 photo's during our stay and as you can imagine you have about a second to point the camera and click the shutter at a Jumping Dolphin so many were scrapped. However there are some of my best pictures on my wildlife website:- www.peterbagnall-wildlifeimages.co.uk. but here are just a few as they chased and caught Salmon.
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