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Day 15: Last Hurrah

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This was our last day with the van, and it was a chilly one. The wind along the coast was biting and chilly. Our first stop was brief due to the weather. We hiked through some open land to the coast in order to see Bow Fiddle Rock.
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We didn't linger after snapping some pictures and made it back to the van in record time. After we washed the van up a little at a local car wash, we went to our next stop.

Fort George was built in the mid-1700s in response to the last battle against the Jacobites.
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It is still used today as an active fort so only parts of the fort were accessible for the tour. We received a complementary audio tour and started our exploration. The fort was huge with very well-planned defenses.
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We were able to see how the fort was used in its original design and how it has been adapted to be used in the modern day.
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Looking out over the ramparts off the point, we were able to see dolphins jumping and swimming through the firth. After we finished the extensive tour, we made our way to a gas station to fill up before returning the van.

We were dropped off at the local train station after the van passed inspection. Buying our tickets from a machine was a little confusing at first, but we eventually figured it out. As soon as Katie hit purchase, Ashley pointed out that the next train to Inverness had been cancelled. We were going to be stuck in Nairn! We hemmed and hawed over what to do now that we had tickets. There was another train in a little over two hours we found out. We decided to walk up the road to The Classroom Bistro.
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After a wonderful supper, we made our way back to the train station. Our train arrived and was fairly empty so finding a seat wasn't a problem. The journey to Inverness was quick. It was a short walk to our accommodation for the night - The Black Isle Bar & Rooms. The floors above the bar had been turned into simple rooms with attached bathrooms that were available to rent on a nightly basis. They were convenient to the train and bus station so it was perfect for us.

Posted by kdpitt08 03:33 Archived in Scotland Tagged hiking train fort_george bow_fiddle_rock

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