If you’ve been reading the Scotland tales then you’ll have seen the mention of Pictish carved stones a few times… I am fascinated by them and so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Groam House Museum which exists just to house a small but excellent collection. Located in the little sea side town of Rosemarkie (on the wonderfully named Black Isle) it was a different experience to the tourist oriented day trips from Inverness.
We grabbed an intercity bus and got off on Rosemarkie’s main street which is this very cool, narrow road, flanked by shops and houses.
Groam House is right on this street, next to the church where many of the stones were found and it was such a different place to see – gave you the sense of being a real village.
This is the most complete and amazing stone in the Groam House collection.
After chatting to the staff, buying some books and enjoying ogling the carvings, we’d managed to stay just long enough to miss a bus and went for a walk to the nearby beach while we waited for the next one.
Unlike most of the other beaches we visited, it was a shallow beach with trees and grass right to the sand. It had neat beach side cafe (ice creams for sale of course) and a delightful local feel.
And, while this is a terrible hazy photo and slightly out of focus, the surprise find at the beach was seeing Fort George across the water of the Moray Firth. The massive walls that surround it are quite a sight.
To finish; this carving from Groam House is probably my favourite of all the Pictish stone carvings I saw on the trip!