Female Osprey on nest with chicks

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Dunkeld and drove a few miles to the nearby Loch of the Lowes Nature Reserve which is famous for its bird life chief of which is a pair of nesting Ospreys. This year the male has returned with a new, younger mate who is successfully raising a brood of chicks.

Loch of the Lowes, Scotland

Next we drive north through Blairgowrie and Scotland’s soft fruit ( raspberries and strawberries) growing area and then further north to the Glenshee Ski Centre where we stopped for refreshments.

Glenshee Ski Resort, Scotland

Next, on into the Caingorms ( mountains and national park) through Braemar, with top of Balmoral Castle visible in the distance, along single track roads to Grantown-on-Spey and Scotland’s Speyside whisky producing area,

Next to Cawdor Castle. which is connected with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. the core of which dates from the 15th century. Here we visited the castle and well maintained gardens.

Cawdor Castle and Gardens, Scotland

Cawdor Castle, Scottish Highlands

Next to Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil where on April 16th 1746 a British ‘redcoat’ army under General Cumberland defeated a force, mainly comprising Highlanders. under Bonnie Prince Charlie and thus ended the efforts of the former Stewart dynasty to regain the thrones of England and Scotland.

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

Our final visit was to the prehistoric site known as Clava Cairns  which is an ancient cemetery with stone circles dating from around 2000 BC.

Clava Cairns, Scotland

The final leg of our journey to our lodgings near Invergordon was subject to an unplanned extension due to a section of the main A9 highway being closed, apparently due to an accident. However, we were rewarded with stunning views of the local scenery embellished with a rainbow.

Tomorrow, we travel down the Great Glen to the Isle of Skye.

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