Pirate attack on Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

This morning, June 26th.,  we departed our lodgings in Inverness and drove south for 20 minutes to connect with Loch Ness, stopping for some photos from the roadside.

Loch Ness looking south

Next to Castle Urquhart which sits on a promontory and is one of the best vantage points to view Loch Ness, being roughly equidistant between the north and south ends. The actual castle site is extensive and was in operation from the 12th to 17th centuries when its demise was triggered by the Jacobite uprisings.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Our visit coincided with the arrival of the La Grace, a replica pirate ship from the 17th century which proved a spectacular site with highlight being a mock attack from the pirate crew

La Grace, Replica Pirate Ship from 18th century

Next, we continued down the Glen stopping to view Highland Cows at Invermoriston.

Highland Cow, Invermoriston, Scotland

Next, we turned west for the journey to Isle of Skye. This route took us through increasingly mountainous scenery with lochs (lakes), hydro schemes and Glen Shiel where we stopped for scenic photos.

Glen Shiel, Scotland

Our next stop was the popular Eilean Donan Castle, which has featured in numerous films including Highlander. We had lunch here, took photographs of the exterior and then moved on to Skye with first stop Broadford to visit shops and art galleries.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Broadford, Skye, Scotland

Next, we embarked on a trip to the remote fishing village of Elgol which entailed navigating a single track road through rugged scenery and around the edge of lochs. Sheep were everywhere.Although covered in mist and low cloud the scenery from Elgol was impressive-and photogenic.

Elgol, Skye, Scotland

We returned from Elgol along the same road and then checked into our lodgings in Broadford.

Tomorrow we tour more of Skye.

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