Badenoch, Scotland

Badenoch, Scotland

Main feature today was the warm and brilliant sunshine which benefited our tour throughout the day.

We departed our lodgings in Grantown-on-Spey and then drove south to our first stop at Ruthven Barracks near Kingussie. These are ruined British military ‘Redcoat‘ barracks built in 1721 as a base for unit of soldiers whose role was to police the Highlands and deter Jacobites. The barracks are built on the motte of two former castles dating from the 13th and 15th centuries. Ruthven Barracks were destroyed by the defeated Jacobite army in 1746 after the Battle of Culloden and have remained in a ruined state ever since, The site offers good views of the Cairngorm Mountains to the east and Monadhliath Mountains to the west.

 

Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks

 

Kingussie from Ruthven Barracks

Kingussie from Ruthven Barracks

Next, we continued south-west, along a narrow road offering good  scenic views then past Loch Laggan and the Ardverikie Estate Castle ( Monarch of the Glen) through Spean Bridge to the Commando Memorial which also offers good views of the Nevis Range of mountains. The Commandos were special forces raised in WW2 who trained in the area.

Ardverikie Estate

Ardverikie Estate

 

Commando Memorial

Commando Memorial

 

Nevis Range from Spean Bridge

Nevis Range from Spean Bridge

Next, we travelled south to Fort William then along the scenic, Glen Nevis to Lower Falls.

Glen Nevis

Glen Nevis

 

 

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis

Upon return to Fort William we availed of lunch and then followed Loch Linnhe south and called in to visit the stunning scenery at Glencoe.

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Next we continued south stopping for a photo shoot of Castle Stalker en-route.

Castle Stalker, Portnacroish

Castle Stalker, Portnacroish

 

Upon arrival at Oban we visited McCaig’s Tower which occupies a high elevation site offering superb views over Oban Harbour.

Oban Harbour from McCaig's Tower

Oban Harbour from McCaig’s Tower

Finally, we checked into our lodgings at a Guest House on the sea front and then availed of a seafood meal.

Oban Harbour from Seafront

Oban Harbour from Seafront

Tomorrow, we visit Kilmartin Glen and then on to Glasgow.

 

 

 

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