This morning, we departed our lodgings at inverness and headed south, stoppinmg first at the twon of Aviemore in the Cairngorm Mountains. Herre we enjoyed some refreshment and excellent views from our vantage point of the Mountain Cafe. We also witnessed the morning departure of the Strathspey Steam Train.

Mountain Cafe, Aviemore

Mountain Cafe, Aviemore, Scotland

Next we drove south stopping at House of Bruar and then on to Dunkeld for lunch at the Atholl Arms Hotel before spending time visiting the town centre and the Cathedral which dates from the late medieval era. A very pleasant setting on the banks of the River Tay.

Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld

Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Scotland

Inside Dunkeld Cathedral can be found the 9th/10th century AD ‘Apostles Stone’.

Apostles Stone, Dunkeld Cathedral

Apostles Stone, Dunkeld Cathedral, Scotland

Here is the town square.

Dunkeld Town Square, Dunkeld

Dunkeld Town Square, Dunkeld, Scotland

Next to Stirling Castle, a former royal palace and military structure.The former royal apartments have been restored to represent their former grandeur and there was assistance from actors dressed in period costumes.

At Stirling Castle we also visited the Great Hall, Royal Chapel and Kitchens.

Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle

Royal Apartments, Stirling Castle, Scotland

Great Hall, Stirling Castle

Great Hall, Stirling Castle, Scotland

After departing Stirling we continued south to Edinburgh and our lodgings for the night. We later visited the Sambuca Restaurant where we enjoyed a satisfying meal.

Tomorrow, we visit Edinburgh.

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