• This morning, we departed Inverness promptly about 0900 and then proceeded as follows:
  • To Culloden Battlefield, site of last battle on British soil, April 1746. here the Hanoverian forces under General Cumberland resoundingly defeated the Jacobites of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Excellent information centre with gift shop, etc.
  • To Clava Cairns, a prehistoric site dating back about 4000 years. Contains high status prehistoric burial cairns together with stone circles.

Clava Cairns

To Kingussi, a small town in the Highlands where our group’s ancestral relative built not only a substantial house but also instigated a hospital nearby which was originally for treatment of  tuberculosis and now a community hospital. This relative was at the forefront of TB research over 100 years ago. The private house is now named Sonnhalde Guesthouse with the owner proving very helpful with considerable historic material and photographs on hand.

Researching Ancestor

Sonnhalde Guest House

  • To Kingussi Golf Club where the same relative was a founder with his name enshrined on a plaque in the Clubhouse. We availed of a light lunch here.

Kingussi Golf Club

  • Next to Blair Castle, a historic and popular visitor attraction near Pitlochry. Here the group availed of the castle tour and met up with some friendly peacocks in the grounds and car park.

Blair Castle

  • Next to Dunkeld, a charming small town where we stopped to admire the historic Cathedral and banks of the River Tay.

Dunkeld Cathedral

River Tay at Dunkeld

  • Our final destination for the night was Lands of Loyal hotel at Alyth about 30 mins from Dunkeld from where I am writing this blog. A very impressive Country House Hotel dating originally from around 1832 but featuring interior wood panelling taken from the steamship Mauretania which was launched in 1906 and broken up in the 1930s. Excellent food!

Tomorrow, we head for Edinburgh.

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