Speyside Scenery

Today, was the final day of our Scotland tour. Weather was mixed with intermittent sunshine and rain showers.

We departed our lodgings near Evanton and then proceeded south along the bank of the Cromarty Firth through Dingwall to the spa town of Strathpeffer, although we did not stop here. Next, on to Marybank, Muir of Ord and our first stop at Beauly, a few miles west of Inverness. Interestingly, Beauly is one of the few places in Scotland with a name derived from French, in this case beau lieu or ‘fine place’. The French connection dates back to the 13th century when a cadre of monks from Burgundy built  a-now ruined-priory. Today, Beauly remains an attractive and well-kept village with many floral decorations, hotels and shops to attract visitors. At Beauly we visited the Priory ruins.

Beauly Priory

Beauly

Beauly

Beauly

Next, we drove east, along the south side of the Moray Firth, through Inverness to Culloden Battlefield. Key purpose of visit to Culloden was to locate and photograph a particular remembrance stone, which we succeeded in doing.

Billing Memorial

Next we drove south through rugged and majestic mountainous scenery of the Hills of Cromdale and Grampian Mountains, past the Lecht Ski Centre to the village of Braemar where we arrived about 1.30 pom and availed of lunch.

Highland Cow

Highland Cow

Highlands Scenery

Speyside Scenery

Shops at Braemar

Braemar

Centre of Braemar

Braemar

Next, we continued south through Spittal of Glenshee passing another ski centre and then down in elevation through farmland and soft fruit-growing areas to Blairgowrie, Perth and our final destination of Edinburgh Airport which we reached about 5.00pm. After fond farewells at conclusion of tour guests checked into hotel in readiness for departure tomorrow morning.

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