Wednesday 16 October 2019--We're headed to Fortrose today, where we will enjoy fine food and drink at the Anderson Hotel
(served with a ration of good-natured grief from Mr Anderson himself). But first we bypass the Black Isle to visit the Tarbat Peninsula,
which is loaded with evidence of Pictish culture. The Picts were the people who lived in Scotland before the Gaels invaded from Ireland.
First, there is the Tarbat Discovery Centre, housed in an old parish church, which was built on a site dating back centuries to a Pictish
monastery, the only such known; then there are the Sandwick Stone and the Nigg Stone, the former protected from the elements in situ
by this plexiglass shelter, the latter now housed in the old Nigg church. Like many Pictish carved stones of that era, these are carved
on one side with a cross and other Christian images, and on the other with cryptic Pictish symbols, including strange beasts,
spiral patterns, and knotwork.