This morning, we departed Broadford on Isle of Skye promptly at 9.00am and drove across the Skye Bridge through Kyle of Lochalsh to Eilean Donan Castle, home to the Chief of Clan Macrae. Unfortunately, the Visitor Centre and Castle were not scheduled to open until 10.00am so we consoled ourselves with photographs of this iconic site in the morning sunshine and then moved on, tracking Loch Duich to Invermoriston.

Eilean Donan Castle in Sunshine

Eilean Donan Castle in Silhouette

At Invermoriston we availed of a brief stop to view/photograph an ancient and picturesque bridge at Invermoriston Falls.

Invermoriston Bridge

Next we moved on up the Great Glen to Castle Urquhart where stopped to view the famous loch from this excellent vantage point which is of historical interest in its own right. We also had a spot of lunch at the Castle Vistor Centre.

Castle Urquhart

Our next stop was Drumnadrochit to view the Loch Ness Monster, well sort of! 

Loch Ness Monster

 Then on up to Inverness, capital of the Highlands and on to our next stop at Culloden Battlefield.

Culloden is an iconic site and important part of Scotland’s history. It was here in 1746 that the forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were finally defeated by the Hanoverians under General Cumberland. Here there is an excellent Visitor Centre.

Culloden Battlefield

Our final stop was the Clava Cairns, a prehistoric site dating back about 4000 years comprising burial cairns and associated stone circles.

Tour Group at Clava Cairns

Finally, we checked into our lodgings at the Royal Highland Hotel. Tomorrow,we have an early start in order to cover a full itinerary including St Andrews.

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