Today, our small group departed Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and proceeded as follows:

  • Across the Forth Road Bridge and the north to Pitlochry in central Scotland. Here we visited Edradour Distillery, Scotland’s smallest distillery where we joined in a standard tour to learn about the manufacturing process including malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation.
  • Next we stopped for some pics of Pitlochry and then called in at the Moulin Hotel for a light lunch. Very cosy next to an open wood fire, especially as temperature was beginning to fall.
  • After lunch we continued north, past Blair Castle and arrived Inverness, capital of the Highlands, mid afternoon. Here guests called in at Highland House of Fraser to experience Highland Dress, with kilt, etc.
  • Next, we proceeded to Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil which took place in April,1746. This was where the Jacobites, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, were finally defeated in about 1 hour by a Hanoverian army under General Cumberland. An important site in the history of Britain. There is an excellent information centre to assist understanding of the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself and events post battle.
  • Next we drove a couple of miles round to Clava Cairns, an important prehistoric site dating back 3000-4000 years and comprising burial cairns and associate stone circles.
  • Finally, we returned to our lodgings for the night in Inverness and then dinner at the Royal Highland Hotel.

Overall a productive and busy day. Tomorrow, we head south to Inveraray.

Weather today was very favourable, mainly sunny but with a tang of cool air signalling autumn is with us.

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