Tour Group

This morning, August 18th., we departed our Fort William lodgings and proceeded as follows: First, a tour down nearby Glen Nevis past base of Ben Nevis (mountain) to Lower Falls where we stopped for photos. We encountered sheep wandering along the road.

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis.

Lower Falls

Next, north to the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge which provides  good vantage point for views of the Nevis Range and Ben Nevis.   Next,  we continued north stopping at Fort Augustus where we took pictures at southern tip of Loch Ness and then explored the small town which sits at the junction of the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. Here there is a series of canal locks which were opened to allow leisure craft through into Loch Ness.

Loch Ness from Fort Augustus

Loch Ness

Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus

Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus  Next, we continued north, tracking Loch Ness, to Castle Urquhart, about half way up the Loch. We stopped here for about 90 mins and availed of lunch.

Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness

Castle Urquhart

Spud the Piper at Castle Urquhart

Piper

Next, we continued north, through Inverness, to Culloden Battlefield, site of last battle on British soil in 1746 when a Jacobite army under Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by a British army under General Cumberland. The battlefield holds the mass graves of the defeated army segregated into different clans.

Culloden Battlefield

Culloden Battlefield

Next, to nearby Clava Cairns,  a prehistoric burial site with stone circles from about 2000 BC .

Clava Cairns

Next, we drove south with a stop at Carrbridge to view the famous arched bridge (1717) over the River Dulnain.

  Carrbridge

Finally, we reached our lodgings at Grantown-on-Spey and then went for dinner at the Garth Hotel.

Tomorrow, we drive south to Stirling via Braemar.

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