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I said Good Bye to Aberdeen and boarded the bus and train to Inverness, where I picked up my rental car for the next ten days. My home for the next week was “The Classroom” in Hopeman. A lovely seaside village along the coast of the Moray Firth, founded in 1805 to house people displaced during the Highland clearances. It was and still is a fishing port.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

The old Icehouse

The very neat and organized layout of Hopeman shows its past as a model-village.

Hopeman was established as a planned village originally called “Newtown of Hopeman” in 1805 by the local landowner, William Young of Inverugie. He had opened quarries at Greenbrae and Clashach to the east of the site of the village to extract the golden coloured sandstone found here, and he needed somewhere to house the quarrymen and their families. (Undiscovered Scotland)

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

It was just a few minutes walking from my “classroom” to the two beaches and I visited them every day during my stay – always hoping that would be the time I saw the dolphins….

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

But no luck, the sea was always too rough – stunning thou!

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Hopeman lies on the Moray Coastal walk and one can walk for miles along the coast in both directions.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

And a collection of colourfull and fun little beach huts.

 

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

Jumping from the pier.

Hopeman beach at the coast of Moray Firth is the ideal place to relax, take a walk and look out for Dolphins.

 

 

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