The Backies

The Backies is a region in the Highlands of Scotland where you will find charming villages, castles, distilleries and the crazy, fickle weather that is typical of Scotland. A colleague said to me “people don’t go to Scotland for the weather!” The locals say, “just wait 10 minutes, and the weather will change.” We certainly found this to be true; rain, wind, sun, repeat.

We went to the Backies in October, 2017 to visit some dear friends who live there. Scotland was our first stop on our five week European adventure. We had a delightful three days with them, and enjoyed many activities. One of our first stops was a hike to Loch Brora. Luckily, it didn’t rain while we were hiking, but the wind was fierce!

The next day we toured Clynelish Distillery. If you enjoy Scottish whiskey, I highly recommend this tour. It’s informative, educational and really interesting as well.

In the afternoon we visited a broch. Brochs are ancient, stone-walled structures, found in northern Scotland, that provided shelter and safety for people and livestock during invasions. As you can tell from the photo below, the weather was quite intense. The wind was so strong, I thought I was going to topple over!

The next day we visited Dunrobin Castle, the home of the Sutherlands. It’s a beautiful place where you can tour much of the castle, and the gardens as well.

The weather was sunny that day, and the wind wasn’t quite as strong as it had been, so it was a perfect day to stroll through the gardens.

My husband and our friend even played a quick game of croquet.

Dunrobin Castle is growing in popularity, and is experiencing greater numbers of tourists each year. We visited on a weekday in October, and the place was pretty much empty. However, summer months bring large crowds.

Have you been to the Backies? If so, I would love to hear about your time there.

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