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Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland.

This post relates to trip from Isle of Skye to Glasgow, Scotland on September 21st 2017.

This morning we woke up in Kyleakin, Skye to sound of rutting deer.

Kyleakin and Loch Alsh, Isle of Skye

First, we drove across the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh and a stop to photograph Loch Alsh from a local viewpoint.

Video clip of Loch Alsh

Loch Alsh, Scotland

Kyleakin and Loch Alsh, Scotland

Next, on to nearby Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie which ranks as one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. We stopped here for photographs and refreshments.

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

Next, east through the mountainous Glenshiel region and past Loch Cluanie then south along Loch Lochy to Spean Bridge then  east, alongside Loch Laggan stopping for refreshments at ‘Yummy Things’ before connecting with the main A9 highway at Dalwhinnie.

On  the way south we encountered an unfortunate delay of 30 minutes due to road construction work and eventually arrived at our next destination of Stirling Castle later than planned. At Stirling guests limited their visit to photographs of the castle exterior before we moved on to final destination of hotel at Glasgow International Airport where the five-day tour concluded in readiness for guests departure next morning.

Stirling Castle exterior

Weather today was wet and overcast in the west with progressive improvement as we moved south and east.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Today was characterised by persistent rain in the morning which progressively changed to a dry but overcast afternoon.

We departed our lodging sin Fort William and drove towards Mallaig stopping at Glenfinnan with intention ofm seeing the sights there. Unfortunately, the visibility was too poor for photographs and image below of the viaduct is from writer’s archive.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

En-route to Mallaig we made short diversions to Arisaig and Morar before arriving at Mallaig on good time for the 11.00 am ferry crossing which ran on time.

River Morar

Autumn flora at Morar

Mural at Mallaig Harbour, Scotland

On arrival at Armadale, Skye we drove round to Broadford and then north towards Portree stopping for photographs at Sligachan.

View from Sligachan, Skye

On arrival at Portree we availed of lunch and then took photographs of the colourful harbour.

Portree Harbour, Skye.

Soimerled Square, Portree, Skye

Next, we moved on north through Trotternish stopping at Kilt Rock and the local museum which has a collection of dinosaur footprints from the region.

Kilt Rock and Waterfall, Skye.

Piper at Kilt Rock, Skye

Next, across the top of the island via single track road which traversed the famous Quiraing area which is of geological importance.

Video clip of Quiraing

Quiraing, Skye

Next, a brief stop at Uig then on to Portree and Kyleakin where we checked into our lodgings for the night.

Uig Bay, Skye

We had dinner at a seafood restaurant in Broadford.

Tomorrow we move on to central Scotland and Glasgow.

Tour Boat on Loch Ness at Fort Augustus

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Fort William and embarked on a Loch Ness centric trip as follows:

  • First, north towards Fort Augustus stopping at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge to benefit from the superb landscape views of the mountains in the brilliant sunshine, including Ben Nevis.

Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis

  • Next to Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness. Here we viewed the watery vista with a couple of girls braving the cold temperatures to swim in the famous loch. We also watched a small convoy of pleasure boats navigating the flight of locks on the Caledonian Canal which connects with Loch Ness.

Boats passing through flight of locks at Fort Augustus

Loch Ness at Fort Augustus

  • Next, we continued north tracking the west bank of Loch Ness stopping halfway to Inverness to visit Castle Urquhart which is a substantial ruin situated on a promontory and as such offers an excellent vantage point to view the loch, both north and south.

Video clip of Castle Urquhart

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

  • Next, to Inverness, capital of the Scottish Highlands. Here we stopped for refreshments in a café run by the Anglican Church and then spent half an hour exploring the city centre.

Inverness Castle

  • Next, about 15 minutes east, past Culloden Battlefield, to visit the 4000 year-old prehistoric burial site known as Clava Cairns.

Clava Cairns

  • Finally, we returned to Fort Augustus via a narrow road along the east bank of Loch Ness stopping half way to visit the Falls of Foyers (a waterfall) and avail of refreshments.

Falls of Foyers, Scotland

  • We arrived back at Fort William about 6.15pm. Later in the evening we visited the Ben Nevis Inn for dinner and entertainment by a group performing traditional Scottish music.

Traditional Scottish Music Group at Ben Nevis Inn

Tomorrow we visit Isle of Skye although weather is forecast to deteriorate.