This evening, I am posting a record of today’s tour (which benefited significantly from fine, dry weather with sunshine). Here are a couple of views of Inverness. First image is the River Ness.

This view of Inverness was taken from a high elevation with the snow covered hills of Easter Ross in the background.

Next, we drove down to Loch Ness for numerous photo opps including the Loch Ness Monster representation at the Clansman Hotel. Then on to Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness. Great views of the loch and Highlands scenery. We spent about one hour here.

Here is a trebuchet (type of giant catapult) used in castle sieges in medieval times.

View of Loch Ness from Castle Urquhart.

Next we drove south, tracking Loch Ness to Aonach Mor, close to Fort William, where we ascended up the mountain in the chairlift to watch the many people skiing, and observe the views of the mountains of the Nevis Range covered in snow. An excellent experience.

Here is the chairlift.

This is ‘Base Camp’.

Our next objective was rugged Glencoe. We arrived at the Visitor Centre just as it was closing but managed to purchase some refreshments in the nick of time!

We then drove through Glencoe ( valley of the River Coe) stopping on a number of occasions for picture opportunties. The visibility, evening sunlight and extensive snow covering proved a compelling combination for photographs and videos.

Stop for family picture shoot.

Finally, we embarked on the long journey back to Edinburgh, firstly journeying across desolate Rannoch Moor and then on down to Stirling District (driving past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, both of which stood out with benefit of floodlighting).

We eventually arrived at central Edinburgh about 8.45pm and then fond farewells after a very satisfying day in the Scottish Highlands.

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