Today, collected my tour group from Clan MacDuff Hotel at Fort William then drove to nearby Inverlochy Castle which dates from the 13th century when it was buit as a Comyn family power base. With help from the information board it is possible to envisage the size and importance of this still significant ruin.

Inverlochy Castle

Next we travelled up the Great Glen through Fort Augustus to Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. By common consent of the group this was a superb spot to view the famous loch aided by the fact that weather was benign with reasonable sunshine.The castle has an interesting history in its own right, being a fortified location for about 1100 years through to the late 17th century.

Castle Urquhart

Next we travelled up to Inverness and then Invergordon where there is a deepwater port which attracts many large cruise ships. Here, we were impressed with the shopping facilities and unusual murals painted on the walls of various commercial premises.

Mural at Invergordon

Mural at Invergordon

After tracking the impressive east coast of Scotland for a couple of hours we arrived at our destination for the evening of Wick, which is very close to the northern tip of Scotland and our base for tomorrow’s Clan Sinclair themed tour.

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