After visiting Ullapool with Pat & Ian, I headed about an hour east the next morning to join up with Keith, Helen and Lindsay to do some more volunteering with the MBGRG at yet another churchyard, this one being in Forres at the St. Lawrence church.
No digging in store today, just cleaning of stones and preparing them for Keith to get some photographs for their publications.
After spending a couple of hours in the churchyard, we had a nice lunch in a nearby restaurant in the Brodie Country Fare, a shop filled with exquisite (and very expensive) gifts, clothing and home decorations.
After a scrumptious and filling lunch we made straight for the nearby Brodie Castle (another National Trust for Scotland property).
“Stuffed to the turrets with antique furniture, paintings and ceramics, the legacy of generations of Clan Brodie, this 16th-century castle is a slice of Scottish history not to be missed.
Explore the rooms, passageways and towers, all sensitively restored to show what everyday life was like for one of Scotland’s most ancient clans.”
Set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. It contains fine French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain; and a major collection of paintings, including 17th-century Dutch art, 19th-century English watercolours, and early 20th-century works. The magnificent library contains some 6,000 volumes.
We enjoyed a very nice guided tour throughout this exquisite castle. Sorry, but no photography was allowed indoors. You’ll just have to come and see it for yourself! Absolutely stunning!
Fun was had by all and we thoroughly enjoyed touring all through this well preserved castle.
Unfortunately, Helen had a dentist appointment she had to attend to so we parted ways at this point. Lindsay and I however, still had quite a bit of afternoon left to explore nearby areas as we worked our way back to Keith & Helen’s house in Elgin.
First stop, Dyke church and churchyard where some of our common Clunes ancestors hail from. The MBGRG has also already completed and published the complete index of all headstones in this churchyard.
From Dyke we worked our way along the coast visiting Findhorn, Burghead and Lossiemouth.
Findhorn was another lovely fishing village and well-known as a ‘hippie’ community. (Didn’t see any, but I did threaten to tie back Lindsay’s locks into a small ponytail and sport my tie-dyed t-shirt!)
Then onto Burghead which boasted a very interesting ancient Pictish Fort sitting on the edge of the peninsula…
and finally the harbour at Lossiemouth at the mouth of the Lossie river where the river meets the North Sea.
Yet another fun-filled interesting day working in churchyards, visiting a beautiful 16th century castle, and touring fishing villages on the north coast….all the while with great people – what I like doing best!