This morning saw us start the last three days of our little ride.
And what a start it was.
We rode out of Inverness over Kessock Bridge, which was sitting right under a rainbow and a bright blue sky as we crossed. A good omen for the ride ahead.
We had decided to follow National Cycle Route 1 all the way to Invershin: a spectacularly beautiful ride in the late September sunshine, with the trees just beginning to show their autumn colours.
The route followed the Cromarty Firth, along the way passing the Fyrish Monument. You can maybe see it on the top of the hill in this picture (try clicking on it to open up the large version):
The monument was built on Fyrish Hill in 1782, commissioned by Sir Hector Munro, and based on the Gate of Negapatam in Madras, India; which Sir Hector had taken for the British the previous year.
Allegedly Sir Hector was a generous chap, and created the monument as a way of providing labour for local men, in an area then suffering from high unemployment. (Presumably the self-aggrandisement was just a by-product of his selfless good will.)
However, the reason for the high unemployment was that the local landowner had cleared the locals off their land to make way for some sheep.
That local landowner? Step forward and take a bow Sir Hector!
Moving on from there, we then rode along the Dornoch Firth, which looked quite beautiful in the afternoon sunlight:
We’re staying the night at Invershin, just across Bridge of Bonar at the very top of the Firth:
And I’ve just had a rather fine G&T, made with the locally produced Caorunn Gin – infused with five Celtic botanicals: