Thursday, 17 April 2014

A family gathering at Loch Insh

After our Caledonian Canal trip we had a day to kill before we could meet up with the rest of the Serginson clan at Loch Insh for a week together. We headed north of Inverness to The Black Isle. It's not actually an island an I'm not sure why it is 'black' because it is bloody lovely with the best of coast, woodlands and pretty villages.

We had a run up the east coast to Chanory Point to look for dolphins. We didn't see any, may be as the tide was slack?

Nice lighthouse though...


We carried on up the coast to Cromarty for lunch at Sutor Creek an artesan woodfired pizza and local produce cafe  (very nice!) and had a mosey about the village.



And another nice lighthouse...


After a run out to The Sutors of Cromarty we headed back along the west coast via the oddly named Jemimaville and sand flats and then were on our way to Loch Insh. The Black Isle is a place that I'd love to go back to and spend quality time at.

The run to Loch Insh near Aviemore was pleasant and short so in no time we were meeting up with my daughter and her family, my brother and his family, my Mam and my Nana who's been stuck in Mam's wardrobe for the last 11 years. She was having her last holiday before we finally spread her ashes!

I was still in agony with my back and couldn't do the water sports that were available, but it was great to see everyone and the kids had plenty of places to explore around the chalets we'd hired.

Beren and my granddaughter Faith had a great, but challenging time learning to ski...




It was pretty tricky...


There was much fun on the open canoes too...


And a bit of kayaking going on ...





I tried to do a bit, but it was just too painful. However I did get a holiday treat with some time alone watching the pair of Ospreys that had just returned to Loch Insh the week before...



 


There were plenty of other birds about too, great tits, blue tits, siskins, bull finches and a few more I got photos of...





We had some nice trips out and about including the odd tasty cake shop and restaurant,but my heart wasn't really in it with my on-going back pain, so I didn't take many photos of our runs out. I think we'd all like to meet up there again an make the most of the countryside and water sports, it's a great place to stay with so much amazing countryside around.



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