This morning, our tour commenced in Fort Augustus in the Scottish Highlands. After departing our lodgings we headed north, tracking Loch Ness, with first stop at the scenic Invermoriston Falls.

Invermoriston Falls, Great Glen

Invermoriston Falls, Great Glen, Scotland

Next, continuing north for about 20 mins we arrived at Castle Urquhart, an excellent spot to view Loch Ness. Today, there was a medieval event in process at the Castle.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Next we continued north to Inverness, Capital of the Highlands. Here guests shopped for clan tartans at Highland House of Fraser and then we had lunch.

River Ness, Inverness

River Ness, Inverness, Scotland

Next across the Moray Firth to Fortrose and Chanonry Point where we hoped to view dolphins but, sadly, they failed to show up.

Next we headed west to Muir of Ord where we stopped to photograph the Free Church of Urray, important in the family’s history.

Free Church of Scotland, Urray

Free Church of Scotland, Urray, Scotland

Next to nearby Glen Ord Distillery where we joined a tour lasting about 1 hour to learn about the making of Scotch whisky from malting and mashing through to fermentation, distillation and maturation. Glen Ord produces the Singleton brand which is aimed at the Far East market.A sizable distillery, producing about 5.0m litres p.a.

Tour Group at Glen Ord Distillery

Tour Group at Glen Ord Distillery, Scotland

Next to a small village named Marybank where, with assistance from a very helpful local resident, we found our objective of a ruined cottage, formerly the home of an ancestor. We spent some time here taking photographs.

Mackay Cottage, Marybank

Mackay Cottage, Marybank, Scotland

Mackay Cottage, Marybank

Mackay Cottage, Marybank, Scotland

Finally, we moved on to Dingwall  and lodgings for the night at  Tulloch Castle Hotel, the main part of which dates from the 16th century.

Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall

Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall, Scotland

Overall, a successful day with all objectives met.

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