Driving down through Caithness and Sutherland, the number of vehicles on the road gradually increased, so that by the time we were nearing Inverness I was in full-on 'I don't want to spend my holiday sat in traffic' mode. This resulted in an unplanned detour through the Black Isle and a pleasant few hours in Fortrose, enjoying a cafe lunch and a walk around the cathedral ruins. The monks were long gone, but the White Clover in the cathedral grounds was playing host to an order of small black bees.
Butterfly highlights included a Small Heath and several Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.
It was very hot for folks used to Orkney weather, but fortuitously, we discovered a lovely cafe by the bridge over the Nethy in Nethy Bridge called, unsurprisingly, the Nethy Bridge Cafe.