Piper, Castle Urquhart

Piper, Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

This morning, we departed our Inverness lodgings about 9.30am and then proceeded south, tracking Loch Ness through Drumnadrochit to Castle Urquhart which stands on a promontory half way down Loch Ness. Here we spent over an hour visiting the castle which offers a superb viewpoint for Loch Ness with added bonus of sunny weather and blue skies.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Loch Ness from Castle Urquhart

Loch Ness from Castle Urquhart, Scotland

Next, we continued south, parted with Loch Ness and headed west to Eilean Donan, possibly the most photographed castle in Scotland. This castle was destroyed by naval bombardment in 1719 but subsequently rebuilt by the Chief of Clan Macrae with work finishing in the 1930s. Eilean Donan has featured in various films including The Highlander with Sean Connery. Again, weather was perfect for our visit, affording good photo opportunities. A piper added atmosphere.

Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich

Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland

Next we drove towards Isle of Skye, stopping at Kyle of Lochalsh for refreshments and a photo of the Skye Bridge.

Skye Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh

Skye Bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

Next, up through Broadford and into central Skye to Minginish and Talisker Distillery on the banks of Loch Harport.Here. the group joined in the 3.30pm tour, which proved a good experience, learning the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes led by a knowledgeable guide.

In the Minginish area of Skye we encountered many roadside mannequins suitably attired to represent various characters as part of the ‘Tattie Bogal’ ( scarecrow) competition. We were very impressed with Royal representation (below).

Loch Harport, Minginish

Loch Harport, Minginish, Skye

Talisker Distillery, Skye

Talisker Distillery, Skye, Scotland

H.M. The Queen, Tattie Bogal Competition

H.M. The Queen, Tattie Bogal Competition, Skye

Next, we drove round to Bracadale and a photo stop with superb views over Loch Bracadale. Then north along a single track road where encountered many sheep before arriving at our destination of Portree, the capital of Skye where we arrived after 5.00pm and then checked into our lodgings.

Tomorrow, we tour Skye-and hope for a continuation of the favourable weather.

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