This morning, we departed lodgings at Castle Stuart, Inverness and then drove to the nearby historic sites of Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns.
 
Image below shows a memorial cairn from Cullloden,  a battle fought in 1746 when the Jacobite forces under Bonnie Prince Charlie were defeated by Government troops under General Cumberland.
Culloden Battlefield, Inverness

Culloden Battlefield, Inverness, Scotland

The Clava Cairns are high status burial sites dating from around 2000 BC.

Clava Cairns, Inverness

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

Next we drove through Inverness to pay a brief visit to the famous Loch Ness, Scotland’s largest inland lake which forms part of a chain of such lochs (lakes) stretching down the Great Glen.

Loch Ness, Highlands

Loch Ness, Highlands, Scotland

Next, back through Inverness to connect with A9. First stop for lunch at Aviemore in the Cairngorm region and then on south with stop of Dalwhinnie Distillery, one of Scotland’s largest single malt distilleries.

Dalwhinnie Distillery, Highlands

Dalwhinnie Distillery, Highlands, Scotland

After Dalwhinnie, we continued south, stopping for photos of Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Here is based the only legal private army in Europe, the Atholl Highlanders.

Blair Castle, Blair Atholl

Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland

Next, we drove to Dunkeld in Central Scotland. First we had tea at the Atholl Arms in centre of town and then paid a brief visit to Dunkeld Cathedral which is the latest of a line of Christian places of worship on the site dating back about 1500 years..

Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld

Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Scotland

Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld

Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Scotland

Here is the River Tay and the 200 year old ‘Telford’ Bridge at Dunkeld.

River Tay, Dunkeld

River Tay, Dunkeld, Scotland

Town Centre, Dunkeld

Town Centre, Dunkeld, Scotland

After Dunkeld, we continued south to Edinburgh but en-route called in at South Queensferry to view the famous bridges  across the Forth of Forth known as the Forth Road Bridge and the Forth Rail Bridge.

Forth Rail Bridge, S. Queensferry

Forth Rail Bridge, S. Queensferry, Scotland

Forth Road Bridge, S.Queensferry

Forth Road Bridge, S.Queensferry, Scotland

Finally we arrived at our lodgings in south of Edinburgh about 6.30pm and then went to a local pub-restaurant, the Old Bell, for an excellent dinner.

Tomorrow, we visit Edinburgh.

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