This morning, I collected gusts from Lodgings in Glasgow’s West End and proceeded as follows:

  • First, a one hour drive north to Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. Here we visited all the key aspects including Great Hall, Kitchens, Chapel Royal, Royal Apartments and the Weaving Room. Latter is where a tapestry is being made following traditional processes.

Royal Palace, Stirling Castle


Queen’s Bed Chamber


Entrance to Stirling Castle


Tapestry Weaving at Stirling Castle


  • Next, we drove north,up the A9,stopping for lunch at the Atholl Arms in Dunkeld.Then on to Dalwhinnie Distillery. Here we joined the 3.00pm tour which guided us through all the key stages of distilling from malting and mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation. The tour culminated in a tasting of the 15 year old single malt.

Dalwhinnie Distillery


  •  Next, we continued north to Inverness and then south down the west side of Loch Ness with photo stops en-route which included a small herd of Highland Cattle.

Loch Ness


Highland Cow


  • Finally, we arrived at our destination for the night of Fort Augustus, a charming town at the junction of the southern tip of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.We had dinner at the Bothy Pub/Restaurant and then retired to our lodgings. Tomorrow, we visit Skye.

Fort Augustus


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