Travelling up the east coast of Scotland we briefly stopped in Cromarty before taking the smallest car ferry across the Cromarty Firth to Nigg on the opposite shore – the Renfrew Rose only takes four cars. Ours was the last on and sat partly on the tailgate. You have to drive on but reverse off – which is trickier than it sounds.
What surprised me most about Cromarty was the huge oil rigs looming offshore. It was the last thing I expected to see in what is described as the most beautiful fishing town in Scotland. It seems that the slump in demand for crude oil from the North Sea has led to the rigs being temporarily re-located to this picturesque stretch of water – at least that is what people hope, that this is a more a parking lot until the trade takes an upturn and the massive structures can be towed back to resume their profitable activity. However it looks like it could become an oil rig graveyard as the rigs lie unused and rusting.