Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie
Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie, Scotland

This morning we departed our Dunkeld lodgings on schedule and proceeded north with ultimate destination of Inverness, capital of the Highlands. During our journey we experienced a mix of sunshine and showers but at each stop we had the good fortune to benefit from dry spells.

First stop was Ruthven Barracks, a former British military fort dating from the early 18th century. The fort, which stands on the base of a medieval castle, was burned by a defeated Jacobite army in 1746 and has been a ruin ever since. The elevated site is close to the town of Kingussie.

Kingussie, Highlands

Kingussie, Highlands of Scotland

Next, we continued north to Aviemore in the Cairngorm region of Scotland which in turn comprises Britain’s largest nature reserve. We went direct to the Cairngorm Mountain Railway, a funicular railway up the northern flank of Cairn Gorm, a height of 1097 metres. With a fortunate break in the rain we enjoyed reasonable visibility and hence good views over this mountainous region.

Cairngorm View from Cairn Gorm

Cairngorm View from Cairn Gorm, Scotland

Next, we continued north to Culloden, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746 where Government forces defeated a Jacobite army supporting Bonnie Prince Charlie. We visited the battlefield and availed of lunch at the restaurant.

Memorial Cairn at Culloden Battlefield

Memorial Cairn at Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

Next we drove round to nearby Clava Cairns, an important prehistoric burial site dating back about 4000 years.

Prehistoric Burial Cairn at Clava

Prehistoric Burial Cairn at Clava, Scotland

After Clava we drove into Inverness and checked into our lodgings after which we undertook a brief walking tour of central Inverness along the banks of the River Ness.

Inverness and River Ness

Inverness and River Ness, Scotland

Tomorrow, we undertake local tours using Inverness as a base.

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