Did you call in to the Glenmorangie distillery on the way to/from Dunrobin? SIL comes from Tain, and used to bump in to Duchess of Sutherland there from time to time.
Was a massive building boom happening when we were there. Plenty of places that seemed to have been built very quickly and poorly. Found this article re the building boomNon-Pom here. I spent a week skiing in Bulgaria in 1995, back in my student days. Have wanted to go back ever since.