Day 8, near Tain – Carrbridge

Written by Manuel Faessler
We started the day with once again bad weather and breakfast in the car. After that we headed for the Glenmorangie Distillery only to find closed doors ... for some reason neither of us realized it was Sunday before we reached the distillery ... shit!!! (excuse my french ...)

We had no chance but to carry on and make the best out of it and so we decided to drive to Inverness and do a little shopping (Ines) and relaxing (me). On the drive we discovered a seal just about 10m of the waterside on some stone ... this triggered our photographers-reflexes (park the car, mount the tele-lens and get as close as possible as fast as possible – without disturbing the seal of course) ... which got us some great pics!!

After a couple of hours in Inverness we drove further south to visit Findhorn Valley. This is a really great valley with great mountains around it and the river Findhorn running right through. We got to know this place last year while on a holiday with Speyside Wildlife (www. Speysidewildlife.co.uk – thanks a lot for that!!!). After we had to wait for about 2h in our car (because of the rain) we geared up with our longest tele lenses and hiked up the valley to look for some wildlife. The search was relatively short as Ines discovered a mountain hare after only a short time while I was chasing a dipper and tried to photograph it and its great swimming- and diving-skills. A short distance further up the valley we discovered lots of mountain hares, which where in all changning the coats and easy to spot because of that (partly white fur, brown background).

On our way back through the valley we stopped a couple of times to take pictures of pheasants, hares, rabbits, deer, etc. – not allways with a good result. After a little adrenaline-rush because of me being unalert while driving and my following instinct to drive on the right side of the road (which almost led to us being wrong-way drivers) we reached the little village of Carrbridge. We looked for a nice B&B and were successful on our first attempt as we found the Craigallachie House (unfortunately without a website, but you can find them on tripadvisor) and a great restaurant with an even greater whiskybar right next door (www.cairnhotel.co.uk). We received a heartly welcome, great company and a couple of great whiskies there ... I just love Scotland ...

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