This morning, we departed our lodgings in Kyle of Lochalsh, and drove east for about 20 mins, through Dornie to our first stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor sites. The castle sits at the confluence of three lochs, Loch Long, Loch Alsh and Loch Duich, an important ‘command and control’ position up to the 18th century when water provided the key mode of transport.

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

Due to Eilean Donan being used as a Jacobite stronghold in the early 18th century it was destroyed via cannon bombardment from British warships and lay a ruin until re-built during the early 20th century by Clan MacRae.

Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland

In addition to its role with Clan MacRae, Eilean Donan has appeared in major films including James Bond and the Highlander.

Guests toured the castle interior. We had a light lunch here.

Next, we continued west through Glenshiel, passing Loch Cluanie and on to Invermoriston, on the western side of Loch Ness.

Next, north on the A82 to Castle Urquhart near Drumnadrochit, about half way along Loch Ness.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Castle Urquhart was a major fortification in its own right with a long and intriguing history until destroyed by its owner,the Chief of Clan Grant, in order to prevent it falling into Jacobite hands.

Trebruchet at Castle Urquhart, Scotland

The castle’s location is the key to its popularity for many thousands of visitors wishing to ‘connect’ with Loch Ness.

We departed Castle Urquhart at 6.00pm and then continued north to Inverness and lodgings for the night.

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