Wednesday, 14 June 2017
14.06.2017 - 14.06.2017
We arrived alongside a bare concrete pier connected to the shore by a long jetty. A fairly lengthy walk as the coaches are not able to come alongside the ship. We assembled in the Theatre for tour which started at 08:00. There was an issue with the number of passengers with disabilities and the number of seats reserved on the coach.
We set off to explore Scotland's NorthEast coast on a narrated drive that offers Highland scenery ranging from gentle farmland to wild moors. Our fist stop is Dornoch. This seaside resort town boasts the 13th century Dornoch Cathedral, the Old Town Jail, and the Bishop's Palace, which is now the well-known hotel. We had free time to shop and explore. From here we made our way to the Falls of Shin. one of the greatest salmon rivers in all of Scotland where the Atlantic salmon make their journey upstream to their spawning site. We didn't see any salmon but enjoyed the recently completed visitor's centre. Along the way back to the ship we stopped at the picturesque Struie Viewpoint to take in the panoramic highland vistas. The constant grey overcast did little to enhance the scene.
After a quick lunch aboard we walked through the local town and contributed to the local economy. I captured some of a number of murals painted on buildings in the main street of the town. Part of an initiative by the local Tourism Alliance to brighten the town. The same organisation arranged for the delivery of a 56-page colour tourist booklet to each stateroom aboard the ship. The town also hosts a Seafarer's Centre where the crew of visiting vessels are provided with free Internet time and light refreshments.
Back on board we made our way to the Theatre once again, this time to watch the Folkloric Show. A singer, a piper, an MC and four Highland dancers. They are a local amateur group and put on a delightful show. Just before we were due to sail, the Captain announced that there was a need to evacuate one of the passengers and they were awaiting an Ambulance.
Tonight at 19:00 we've been invited to a special event with the Captain. We are part of the Top 40 Princess Travellers on this cruise. All the senior staff were there and we were plied with drinks and canapés. We also had our photo taken with the Captain and were handed the printed version in a folder before we left. We've only been recognised like this once before.
Tomorrow is a tendered port as we make for South Queensferry the port for Edinburgh.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony