Clava Cairns, Inverness

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

This morning, I collected guests from the Columba Hotel, Inverness and then proceeded as follows:

First to the prehistoric site of Clava Cairns which dates back about 4000 years. This comprises a mix of burial cairns and stone circles constructed during the Stone Age. An intriguing site.

Clava Cairns, Inverness

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

 

Next to the nearby famous battle site of Culloden where occurred the last battle on British soil in 1746. This is where the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated by a British army under General Cumberland. Here is an excellent visitor centre providing extensive information on the background to the conflict and the battle itself which lasted about one hour.

Culloden Battlefield, Inverness

Culloden Battlefield, Inverness, Scotland

Next to nearby Cawdor Castle which dates from around 1400 and has loose connections with Shakespeare’s Macbeth via the Thane of Cawdor. A sizeable and well presented castle with extensive and colourful gardens.

Cawdor Castle, Inverness

Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Scotland

 

Garden at Cawdor Castle, Inverness

Garden at Cawdor Castle, Inverness, Scotland

Next we drove south, first stopping at House of Bruar for lunch and then on to Edradour Distillery near Pitlochry. Here we joined an interesting and well presented tour of the distillery taking us through the whisky making process from malting and mashing through fermentation and distillation to maturation.

Tour of Edradour Distillery

Tour of Edradour Distillery, Scotland

Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry,

Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Scotland

 

Finally, we drove back to Edinburgh, arriving about 6.40pm and fond farewells after an interesting two day tour of the Scottish Highlands which was aided by favourable weather.

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