Set off from Inverness towards Aberdeen. There were two routes we considered taking. One was the tourist route across the Cairngorms, the other along the A96. I decided that the Cairngorm route too hazardous because of the snow and ice we might meet at that time of year so we followed the A96.
On the way we passed Elgin Cathedral which was established in 1224 and is now a magnificent ruin. We also visited a few castles which I had seen before while following the signed “Castle Trail” when I travelled to Scotland on my own in 2015. An account of this visit can be found at https://peatmore.wordpress.com/2015/07. By Brodie Castle I came across a girl leading a handsome pony called Donald which she kindly allowed me to photograph.