The Cathedral was burned down in 1570 by the MacKays of Strathnaver. The repairs were one of the most costly for any church repairs in history at that time, and were paid for by the Duchess of Sutherland.
The remains of several generations of Sutherlands are buried in the family plot which is below the chancel floor.
|Sarcophagus of Richard de Moravia, brother of the founder of the Cathedral|
From the Cathedral, we did a quick whip round of some of the historic sites in Dornoch before heading on to Rogart to see the Macdonald Cairn, a memorial to the grandparents of Sir John A. Macdonald.
|cairn to the memory of Sir John's grandparents|
made from stones recovered from their cleared croft
|The Emigrants: Father looking forward, mother looking back to Scotland|
After a lovely lunch at La Mirage, we made our way through Caithness, heading to Thurso and the ferry port at Scrabster.
We stopped at Badbea to see the Clearance Village. The wind was howling so hard it sounded like jet engines overhead. Ed and I ventured off to see the ruins of this once vibrant community.
|remnants of a croft|
|path to the edge of the village|
|a cairn on the edge of the sea|
|the heather is in bloom|
|Ed getting just the right picture|