This morning, we departed our lodgings in Oban and drove round the town to McCaig’s Tower, a 19th century incomplete monument sitting high above the harbour. The high elevation offered excellent views which were affected by poor visibility. Nevertheless, a worthwhile visit.

McCaig’s Monument, Oban, Scotland

Next to visit the nearby fortress of Dunstaffnage Castle which has been the power base of MacDougals, Stewarts and Campbells. Last military use was in 18th century during Jacobite uprising.

Dunstaffnage Castle, Scotland

Woodland Scene at Dunstaffnage, Oban, Scotland

Next, we tracked the coast north to Glencoe. Here we visited the memorial which commemorates the 1692 massacre of between 35 and 100 MacDonalds.

Massacre Memorial, Glencoe, Scotland

Massacre Memorial, Glencoe, Scotland

Next to the Clachaig Inn where there is a tongue-in-cheek sign barring Campbells from the premises. This was a good spot for photos of the scenery. 

Near Glencoe Village, Scotland

Next to the Glencoe Visitor Centre and lunch. 

Next, we continued up the Great Glen, through Fort William and Fort Augustus to Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. At Fort William we drove down Glen Nevis, passing sheep and Highland Cows, to view Lower Falls.

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis, Scotland

Urquhart Castle is well presented and well served by an excellent visitor centre. En-route to the castle we encountered a startled deer in the road which, fortunately, ran off into the woodland. 

Grant Tower, Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Finally, we arrived at our lodgings for the night at Beauly. Tomorrow we continue further north to Dornoch.

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