This is day 4 of my diary entries from my school trip to Highlands of Scotland in 1996, I was 11 years old.
In today’s diary entry we visit the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, and Rothiemurchus Estate. Good to read that we saw some Highland cattle, which you may know better as “hairy coos”, and I included a wee cut-out clipping from the Rothiemurchus brochure as proof of this.
Scroll down for more pictures of the diary pages, a text transcript (just in case you can’t read my beautiful handwriting ☺️) and video of me reading today’s diary entry.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this was clearly an influential trip for me and an early experience that helped shape me as a tour guide.
Diary of an 11 year old Colin Mairs on a school trip to the Highlands of Scotland.
“Thursday 16th of May 1996
The first thing we did this morning was go to the Highland Folk Museum. There we saw an old house with a fire burning inside it and when you went inside the house it was REALLY smoky. After the Highland Folk Museum we came back to the hotel for our lunch. Then we went to the Rothiemurcis Estate. We got a tractor ride and saw all the animals on the farm. There were Highland cattle, red deer and pigs. Then we saw the fish, all the fish were rainbow trouts and we saw one rare Albino rainbow trout. After that we came back to the hotel. Tonight we are going to have a disco. I hope it will be good.”
And here is my video reading of today’s diary entry… Click ‘play’ below to watch…