Monday 10th August 2020

A walk from Portmahomack to Rockfiled (6.3 miles).

I retire today. Technically it should be next Monday but school goes back today due Mrs Sturgeon dictating that a week of the holiday is lost after the Covid 19 Lockdown. However I don’t go back! So this wee walk with Anne was to celebrate. We left the house around mid-day.

We went to Portmahomack and parked in the village. We walked past the Free Church (Continuing) and its caravan site and took the right hand track to Balnabruach. Here we went onto the shore and had our picnic.

Not long after that, as we were walking along, we came across three people. I didn’t recognise at first but one was my good friend Stuart Fernie who taught with me from the day I started. He has been retired a few years now. With him was his in-law nephew and niece, Andy and Sophie, I think was their names.

We walked on to Drumancroy and at the wooden house came through the field and onto the track that took us out at Wester Seafield on the main road to Portmahomack. We turned right and walked a few hundred yards on the road turning left onto the track to Rockfield House.

We continued up the track to these stone pillars and went left here.

This took us on a very overgrown grassy track.

It took us to the tarred road above Rockfield. I had to empty grass seed out my trainers.

We took the track down to Rockfield.

We had a wander round Rockfield and then followed the tarred road back to Portmahomack. This is Bankhead Farm.

Seafield Farm.

The place here is called Kilmonovaig. That is where Anne’s people came from in Skye.

Passing the well where the chiefs of the Mackenzie Earls of Cromarty were baptised. Anne’s comment was that they were welcome.

Tarbat Old church.

The school.

Hasn’t this lane been beautifully done. That is a power of work.

The Church of Scotland.

We stopped at this seat and had our afternoon refreshments. A local with his dog stopped for a long blether.

What a lovely way to start my retirement.