Jacobite Soldier, Culloden Battlefield

Jacobite Soldier, Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Broadford, Isle of Skye, and drove to nearby Kyleakin to photograph the Skye Bridge and Caisteal Maol (castle).

Skye Bridge, Highlands

Skye Bridge, Highlands, Scotland

Next across the Skye Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle, an iconic structure dating from the 1930s but with a provenance dating back to the 12th century. This castle has featured in various films including Highlander. Now the home of the Chief of Clan MacRae. Eilean Donan Castle was destroyed by the British Navy in 1719 and thereafter remained a ruin until rebuilt by the MacRaes in the early 20th century.

Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands

Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands

Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands, Scotland

Next we drove east to connect with Loch Ness and then north, tracking the eastern side of the loch until we reached Castle Urquhart where we called in to visit this popular visitor attraction which provides an ideal vantage point for viewing Loch Ness.The castle has an interesting history in its own right.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Trebruchet, Castle Urquhart

Trebruchet, Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Next,we continued north, up through Inverness and then east to visit Clava Cairns, a prehistoric site dating from 2000 BC which comprises ancient burial chambers surrounded by stone circles.

Clava Cairns, Highlands

Clava Cairns, Highlands, Scotland

Next to Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746 when the forces of Jacobite, Bonnie Prince Charlie were convincingly beaten by the British Army under General Cumberland.

Culloden Battleifield, Highlands

Culloden Battleifield, Highlands, Scotland

Finally, we continued our journey, south to Grantown-on-Spey, Speyside,  and our lodgings for the night in a delightful guest house.

Tomorrow we visit Central Scotland and then overnight in Edinburgh.

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