This morning, we departed our Inverness lodgings and drove south for about 30 mins through Drumnadrochit to Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness. This is probably the best location for viewing the Loch  The castle has an illustrious history being built on a site which has been fortified from at least the time of the Picts, about 1500 years ago. In medieval times the castle was under royal ownership but was transferred to the Grants, blown up in the 18th century and finally conveyed to Government ownership in the early 19th century. The ruined castle is of substance in its own right but attracts huge volumes of visitors due to its pre-eminent location for viewing the famous loch with its mythical monster connections. Aided by bright sunshine and blue skies we were able to avail of good photo opportunities as per links below.

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After Urquhart, we continued south tracking Loch Ness to Fort Augustus (named after the victorious general at Culloden) and then, following the line of the Caledonian Canal along lochs Oich and Lochy to Fort William, viewing Ben Nevis and the Nevis range en-roue. We stopped for photos on the banks of Loch Oich  which included a monument to the macabre revenge killing of seven  persons at Well of the Seven Heads. At Fort William we stopped for lunch.

After lunch we continued south, this time along the banks of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe. Here we visited the village and the National Trust’s Visitor Centre which offers good views of the local scenery, resplendent in the sunshine. Glencoe is famous for the infamous 1692 massacre of the local MacDonald community and the stunning scenery.

Next, we travelled through Glencoe stopping for various photo opps:

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After Glencoe we drove across the desolate Rannoch Moor then the northern tip of Loch Awe where we stopped to photo the romantic ruin of Kilchurn Castle.

We finally arrived at our destination of Inveraray about 5.30pm from where I am writing this post.  We will explore Inveraray and its castle tomorrow before moving on to Loch Lomond and, ultimately, Troon tomorrow evening.

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