This morning, after a short shopping expedition, we departed our Inverness lodgings around 10.00am and then drove to see two important sites, namely Clava Cairns and Culloden Battlefield.

Clava Cairns comprise a small number of burial chambers dating from around 2000BC which sit within stone circles. An impressive site which is consistent with similar burial sites of the same era from other parts of Scotland. Each chamber probably contained the remains of a chieftain or equivalent high status person.

Clava Cairns, Inverness

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

Clava Cairns, Inverrness

Clava Cairns, Inverrness, Scotland

 

Next to nearby Culloden Battlefield .It was here that Charles Edward Stuart’s (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie) military challenge to gain the thrones of Scotland and England by force in 1746 came to an abrupt end in a battle where a British army under General Cumberland convincingly defeated the Highlanders in a short battle lasting about 1 hour. This was the last battle on British soil. There is an excellent Visitor Centre supported by audio visual.

Next, we drove south and stopped for lunch at a very pleasant restaurant at Aviemore. We were able to sit out on the veranda in the sunshine and view the scenic Grampian Mountains in the distance.

Aviemore Restaurant, Cairngorms

Aviemore Restaurant, Cairngorms, Scotland

 

View from Aviemore Restaurant

View from Aviemore Restaurant, Scotland

Next, we continued our journey south to Crieff and our objective of the Caithness Glass workshop and glass shop. Here we made some purchases and were able to watch the glass being made by craftsmen.

Glassmaking, Crieff

Glassmaking, Crieff, Scotland

Our final destination of the day was Stirling in the centre of Scotland which we reached about 5.30pm.

In the evening we dined at an excellent new restaurant in Stirling names Brea (Gaelic for love) after which we were able to observe a group of young Highland Dancers performing in local pubs in a fund raising initiative- a great way to finish the evening.

Piper in Stirling Pub

Piper in Stirling Pub, Scotland

Highland Dancing, Stirling Pub,

Highland Dancing, Stirling Pub,, Scotland

Tonight we are staying at wonderful lodgings (mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture) called Park Lodge Hotel.

 

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