This morning our tour group departed our Dunkeld lodgings promptly at about 9.00 and then proceeded as follows:
  • Just a few miles to the Falls of Braan at Ossian’s Hall. This dates back to the 18th century when it part of the Duke of Atholl’s estate and provided a mature based experience for private guests commencing with a gentle walk along the banks of the River Braan and ending in front of a spectacular waterfall.

Falls of Braan

 

  • Aviemore. This is a town in the Highlands focused on outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, bird watching and (in season) skiing. We availed of a coffee stop after the drive up from Perthshire.
  • Clava Cairns. A prehistoric religious and burial site dating back about 4000 years comprising burial cairns and stone circles.

Clava Cairns

  • Culloden battlefield site. Here was fought the last battle on British soil in 1746 between Jacobites (supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the Hanoverian British Monarchy/establishment. The battle lasted about one hour and resulted in a catastrophic defeat for the Jacobites and ultimate exile for the defeated Charles Edward  Stuart. At Culloden there is an excellent visitor Centre run by the National Trust which provided useful background on the events leading up to the battle and, of course, the battle itself.

At Culloden Battle Site

 Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. This is a great spot to view the famous lake . We also witnessed a piper in action and a performance by the British Waterways Scotland Caledonian Ceilidh Trust. Ceilidh is pronounced Kaylee and usually means a traditional Scottish social gathering with music and dancing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTdZTOYFZqQ

Piper at Urquhart

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Ceilidh Band

  • Finally, after a very full day, we found our lodgings at Mardon Guest House  in Inverness, so called ‘Capital of the Highlands’
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