Our first stop of the day The Mermaid of the North at Balintore.
She sits on a rock named Clach Dubh, black rock in Gaelic.
Made by Steve Hayward the ten feet bronzed wood mermaid was made in 2007.
Legend tells that a fisherman stole a beautiful mermaid and hid her tail.
Years later after bearing his children she escaped back to sea, returning regularly to feed her children.
At high tide her tail dips into the sea.
Psalm 107, they that go down to the sea......
Three large salmon in the same small village
Nigg Old Trust and church with its 8th century Pictish monument
A place of worship for over 1200 years.
Well kept this church was so interesting
The Pictish monument found in the church yard is now saved from the weather and inside for all the see.
The craftsmanship to engrave such a stone is amazing.
The back of the stone.
Inside the church, with the pews in the shape of a cross.
Further along on our travels the Cromarty Firth is dotted with oil rig platforms.
Most of this trip I have sat with our passport and NC500 map on my lap, we are now nearing the end of our 500+ miles journey.
Last stop the GlenOrd Distillery at Muir of Ord where we produce our completed passport and the three photos
we needed to take to receive a commemorative Whisky glass. The manager gave us two which was really nice of her.
Chris decided to take the tour and tasting, I decided to sit in the sun and knit as my knees have been playing me up.
On walking back to the car a lady was sitting knitting while her husband went on the tour so we sat together and chatted.
Claire came from Ontario Canada and we both enjoyed the company chatting and knitting.
Last two nights in Scotland will be spent back in Strathpeffer where we started this wonderful trip.