After leaving Lossiemouth, we drove east along the coast through a series of (old) fishing villages including Buckie and Findochty where much of my family originates from. The fishing industry has virtually ceased to exist (we only saw a handful of working boats) – most of the towns seemed to depend on agriculture, tourism and retirees from the south. After Findochty, we headed west again towards Inverness and then north towards Dornoch, most famous for its golf (apparently one of the best links courses in the world). We have relatives there, and I posted a few shots of them in the “family and friends” section of this blog. Dornoch also has a beautiful cathedral and a very picturesque downtown. From Dornoch we drove up the east coast, past John O’Groats to Gills Bay to catch a ferry to St. Margaret’s Hope in Orkney. A few shots of the trip can be seen here.