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Highland Cow with Calf, Great Glen, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands and embarked on a trip as follows:

First to nearby Fort George at Ardesier on the Moray Firth. This is a huge 18 century British Military ‘Redcoat’ Fort which was constructed shortly after the Battle of Culloden (1746) to control the Highlands and prevent another Jacobite uprising. Today, it is still used by the British Army with the Black Watch currently in residence.

Fort George, Moray Firth, Scptland

Next, back through Inverness and down the west side of Loch Ness to Castle Urquhart, which is an excellent platform to view the famous waterway. The castle is of historic interest in its own right, dating from around the 12th century until the defences were slighted in 1692 to prevent Jacobite forces gaining control.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Next, we continued down the Great Glen in mixed weather albeit very mild for the time of year.Snow was evident on fthe mountain tops. Interestingly, we encountered a range of animals including deer, alpaca, feral goats, highland cows and a large herd of horses.

We called in, briefly, at Eilean Donan Castle and then continued on, through Kyle of Lochalsh and across the Skye bridge to the Isle of Skye.

Again, most of the mountains on Skye were topped with snow.

We arrived at our destination of Portree late afternoon and checked into our excellent hotel with superb views of Portree Harbour and the Cuillin Hills.

Somerled Square, Portree at night

Portree Harbour at night, Skye

Tomorrow, we tour the island.

 

 

Today was characterised by unseasonally mild weather, mainly overcast and with some rain.

We departed our lodgings in Aberdeen and drove west with first stop at a rural tea room atĀ Old Post Office House, Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie.

Tea Room

 

Next to Glenfiddich Distillery in the Speyside Whisky region. Here we had lunch with one guest joining a tour of the distillery.

At Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland

Next to nearby Mortlach Parish Church where we visited the burial ground which included an ancient Pictish carved stone dating back about 1200 years.

Pictish Stone at Mortlach Church

Next, we drove on through Elgin to Culloden. site of the last battle on British soil in 1746.

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

Next, just a mile and half away to the prehistoric site known as Clava Cairns which dates from the period 2000 BC to 1000 BC.

Clava Cairns, Scotland

Finally, we moved on to our destination for the evening of Inverness, capital of the Highlands where we duly arrived, with light fading, at 5.00 pm.

Inverness at night

Tomorrow we visit Fort George and Isle of Skye.

King Robert the Bruce Statue at Marischal College, Aberdeen

This evening, I am in Aberdeen, N.E. Scotland in readiness for a custom tour of Scotland commencing tomorrow morning.

Having arrived at 6.00 pm. after a 4 hour drive from Glasgow. I availed of the mild, dry conditions to undertake a walking tour (with camera) of the city centre.

I obtained an interesting portfolio of shots encompassing:

  • Harbour
  • Union Street (principal shopping area)
  • Marischal College
  • Castlegate

 

Alleyway mural, Aberdeen

Aberdeen Harbour scene

Union Street Bus Stop, Aberdeen, Scotland

Back Wynd Stairs off Union Street, Aberdeen, Scotland

Beggar in Union Street, Aberdeen

King Edward VII Statue, Union Street, Aberdeen

Kirk Burial Ground

Wordies Ale House, Aberdeen

Marischal College, Aberdeen

Castlegate, Aberdeen, Scotland