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.
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.
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.
Tomorrow, we tour the island.