I recently spent a long weekend visiting my family before I head off to Japan. The weather was….interesting. We had beautiful sunny days and also quite a few showers of snow and hailstones.
On the way back from Inverness, we stopped off to have a walk around Culloden Battlefield as it was the 270th anniversary last weekend. So much history in one small area!
The next day we went up to Knockando Wool Mill, a working mill that makes woven blankets, yarn and accessories. It’s completely free and has loads to look at.
We got a demonstration of the old weaving looms from 1896 that still work perfectly. It was so interesting to see how it all worked, and incredibly noisy. I posted a video on Instagram if you want to see it in action.
All the tools of the trade! There was so much colourful yarn lying around.
You also get to see other parts of the process, including how they make the yarn from lambs wool. There’s also a really good cafe.
On the way home, we were determined to capture snowy Ben Rinnes and got extremely muddy for it. It was at leat ten times prettier than it looks here.
Over with my mum, we had another go at visiting Boyne Castle, a ruin near Portsoy that is fairly inaccessible. It was a bit wet and muddy, but we managed it. The ruins still look pretty spooky, but the blue skies and greenery help a lot.
You could barely see the path for all the vegetation and our shoes were soaked.
Overall, lots of fun! You can see more photos at my Flickr.