I was reliving memories of my childhood visits to Inverness when we came across Inverness station. My elder sister was in charge of me when we both traveled by train to our uncle’s croft at Boultach in Caithness. Dad would drop us at Perth where we caught the train to Inverness. We had to change trains at Inverness and a vivid memory of mine is that we couldn’t find our tickets for the ongoing journey. A bit of a panic but we did find them thank goodness.
You can see from the announcement boards that there are four pages for the 17.54 journey from Inverness to Wick. We would get off the train at Helmsdale and then on the bus to Latheronwheel. Our uncle would be waiting with the tractor at the End of the Smerral Road and my sister and I would sit on the tractor wheel guards for the trip up the road to the croft at Boultach.
You can stay in the station building at Helmsdale as the property was completely refurbished after being out of use for 20 years.
Inverness is a beautiful city and my husband and I spent a couple of nights there before we were to continue on our journey south. We spent some time exploring the city centre and visited the castle where there were some beautiful views of the river Ness.
We stopped at the Castle Tavern for lunch and the meal we had was absolutely delicious.
Neeps, potato, haggis and Drambuie cream sauce accompanied by oatcakes. Yum!