This morning we breakfasted at our hotel overlooking Portree Harbour on Isle of Skye with the Cuillin Mountains in the distance.

Cuillin Mountains, Isle of Skye

Cuillin Mountains, Isle of Skye

 To start the day we drove down east the coast of Skye stopping for photos of the scenery reflecting in the winter sunshine.

Cuillin Mountains, Isle of Skye

Cuillin Mountains, Isle of Skye

Wester Ross, Scotland from Isle of Skye

Wester Ross, Scotland from Isle of Skye

 

Dawn on Isle of Skye, Scotland

Dawn on Isle of Skye, Scotland

We continued on through Broadford and then across the Skye Bridge. Next we turned left into Wester Ross along a narrow, single track road to Plockton where we stopped for refreshments and photos.

Duncraig Castle, Plockton, Scotland

Duncraig Castle, Plockton, Scotland

Loch Carron and Wester Ross from Plockton

Loch Carron and Wester Ross from Plockton

 Next, along narrow roads and beautiful scenery back to the main road, with photo stops en-route.

Upon returning to the A87 we headed west with first stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s top visitor sites. An iconic castle which has featured in numerous films.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Next, we continued east, past Loch Duich, the Five Sisters (mountains) through Glenshiel and on to Loch Cluanie where we stopped fro refreshments at the Cluanie Inn.

Loch Cluanie, Scotland

Loch Cluanie, Scotland

Next, up through Glen Moriston to connect with the famous Loch Ness which we tracked north, up to Castle Urquhart where we stopped to visit this popular site with its stunning views of the loch.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Next, west on the A831 then north up to Beauly and then a loop around around the Beauly Firth taking in Muir of Ord, Maryburgh and down across the Moray Firth to our destination of Inverness, Capital of the Highlands, where we checked into our hotel on the banks of the River Ness.

Inverness Street Scene at Christmas

Inverness Street Scene at Christmas

Although temperature today was cold, ranging between plus 2 and minus 5 (centigrade) we did benefit from sunshine and blue skies which enhanced many photo opps.

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