Reenactent Redcoat Soldier, Fort George, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Inverness and drove for about 30 minutes eastward to visit Fort George, a combined active military base and visitor attraction. This is an artillery fortress dating from 1769 with little structural change over past 250 years. The site is protected by one mile of walls facing the Moray Firth.  The fort was built to deter Jacobite uprisings after the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

Entrance to Fort George, Scotland

Cannon at Fort George, Scotland

Defences at Fort George, Scotland

Next, we drove to nearby Cawdor Castle which is connected with Clan Campbell and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Cawdor is home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor and features low doorways, turnpike stairs, massive walls and original kitchens.Outside are three gardens including a wild garden around a river.

Cawdor Castle Garden, Scotland

Cawdor Castle, Scotland

Wild Garden at Cawdor Castle, Scotland

Next, we drove for about 45 minutes to the magnificent ruins of Elgin Cathedral which date from the 13th century.The site was subject to destruction by fire in 1390 and went out of use after the Protestant Reformation in 1560. in the grounds can viewed a carved Pictish stone which may date from around the 9th century AD. Key features are the West Front, sumptuous decorations and chapter house with latter still in use today for weddings. Good views of the Cathedral and locality can be obtained from top of the towers.

Video clip taken from atop tower of Elgin Cathedral.

Carved Pictish Stone at Elgin Cathedral, Scotland

Elgin Cathedral, Scotland

Elgin Cathedral, Scotland

Next, we drove west to visit Brodie Castle which was home to the wealthy Brodie family for about 1000 years. The structure incorporates features from the 14th, 16th, 17th and 19th centuries. We joined a guided tour which provided a useful insight into the building’s history and life of the family which lived there until transfer to the National Trust in the late 20th century. The interior contains antique furniture, many paintings, oriental artifacts and fine ceilings.

Unfortunately, photography of the interior is not permitted.

Brodie Castle, Scotland

Brodie Castle concluded our touring for the day. We then returned to Inverness. Tomorrow, we visit Skye.

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