Piper at Urquhart Castle, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Broadford, Skye and proceeded as follows:

  • Across the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh where we stopped for shopping and photographed a ship being loaded with locally cut timber.

Loading timber at Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland


  • Next, about 8 miles to Dornie and Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich. This popular castle presented good photo opportunities. Guests toured the castle.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

  • Next, about 1 hour drive to Loch Ness and Castle Urquhart. To avoid a congested car park we first went to Drumnadrochit and then viewed a local landscape populated with heather in full bloom.

Heather clad landscape near Drumnadrochit, Scotland


  • Next, back to Castle Urquhart where we spent about an hour exploring the castle and admiring the views of Loch Ness resplendent in the sunshine.



Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Declaration of Freedom at Urquhart Castle


  • Next, through Inverness, Capital of the Highlands to visit Castle Stuart Golf Club, which has been host to the Scottish Open in recent years.

Castle Stuart Golf Club near Inverness, Scotland


  • Next, to nearby Culloden Battlefield, site of last battle on British soil, in 1746. Here a Hanoverian army defeated a Jacobite army led by ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie.

Memorial to fallen Highlanders at Culloden Battlefield


Highland Cows at Culloden, Scotland

Learning about Highland Cows at Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

  •  Next, to the nearby prehistoric site of Clava Cairns, which comprises three passage tombs, each surrounded by a stone circle.

Clava Cairns Prehistoric Site near Inverness


  • Finally, we drove south for about one hour to our destination of Grantown-on-Spey.Tomorrow, we visit three castles.