This evening, my tour group is overnighting at a Guest House at Portree on the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most popular tourist regions.

We commenced our day at Dunkeld in central Scotland in warm sunshine. First we stopped at nearby Ossian’s Hall which entails a number of experiences. Here we walked along a trail on the banks of the River Braan, Scotland’s shortest river, passing though some heavily wooded areas until we reached Ossian’s Hall ( like a small house) which leads to a stunning view of the waterfall. As river levels are low the Falls of Braan were subdued but, nevertheless, a worthwhile experience.

Falls of Braan

After walking back to the car we drove up to nearby Pitlochry,

Pitlochry

a busy tourist town where we stopped to visit Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest such operation where we joined in a tour to learn about the whisky making process from  malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation.

Edradour Distillery

Edradour Distillery

Transferring Whisky Casks at Edradour

This experience included a ‘wee dram’ tasting. After purchases in the distillery shop we moved on, driving north to Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness. Apart from the famous loch we were able to witness the locks of the famous Caledonian Canal in operation as boats were let through. We had a late lunch here.

Loch Ness

Caledonian Canal

Next we drove west to Kyle of Lochalsh  via mountainous Highland scenery and taking in the famous Eilean Donan Castle. However, heavy rain militated against good photo opps.

Eilean Donan

We  next drove through Kyle over the Skye Bridge then through Broadford and up to the capital of the island, Portree and our lodgings for the night, Dalriada Guest House.

Portree

Overall an interesting day, covering a diverse spread of attractions and sights. Fingers crossed for improved weather tomorrow!

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