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William the Cat inside Rosslyn Chapel.

Tonight, my blog has a feline theme as manifested in William the Cat who has taken up semi-permanent residence at Rosslyn Chapel, one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, near Edinburgh.

Rosslyn Chapel has a history dating back to the 1400s and achieved fame through appearing in the Da Vinci Code, a 2003 mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown. Last year visitor numbers at the Chapel exceeded 180,000.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Scotland

William is owned by a resident of the nearby village of Roslin but has adopted the Chapel and spends much of hs life snoozing on the pews, seemingly oblivious to the thousands of visitors many of whom stroke and pet him. William’s fame is such that he now has inspired eponymous merchandise such as cuddly toy and children’s book both of which can be purchased at the Chapel’s gift shop.

William the Cat at Rosslyn Chapel.

Glen Mor Landscape, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Glen Mor (or Glen Albyn) in the Scottish Highlands. This name probably translates as ‘big valley’.

This region can be accessed by a scenic drive down the east side of Loch Ness between Inverness and Fort Augustus.

Glen Mor Landscape

Access is via the B862 which carries far less traffic than its counterpart, the A82 on the west side of Loch Ness. Although the B road is slower going it does offer more flexible opportunities for occasional stops and photography. About half way down it is possible to call in for refreshments at Foyers and to visit the Falls of Foyers.

Falls of Foyers, Scottish Highlands.

Loch Ness from east side.

Glen Mor Landscape

Loch Tummel from Queen’s View

This afternoon, I visited the scenic site in central Scotland known as Queen’s View. This is located between Pitlochry and the village of Blair Atholl.

Although Queen Victoria visited in 1866 there is an argument that the name relates to Queen Isabella of Mar (1277-1296), the first wife of King Robert the Bruce.

Video clip of Loch Tummel from Queen’s View

The vista features Loch Tummel (lake) and Schiehallion (mountain).  The Loch is 11km long and about 1km wide. In 1950 the Loch was incorporated into a hydro-electric scheme as a consequence of which the water level rose by some 4.5m (about 13 feet). Access is via a minor road leading off the main A9 North-South route.

The site forms part of the Tay Forest Park within which can be found a variety of wildlife including Ospreys, Chaffinches, Wild Geese,  Red Squirrels, Buzzards, Eagles, Red Deer, Pine Marten and Capercaillie (grouse).

Loch Tummel from Queen;s View.

The site is run by the Forestry Commission, a quasi-government entity. Entrance is free and there is a Visitor Centre.