Tour Group at Edradour Distillery, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Birnam, central Scotland and drove about one mile north to our first stop at the Falls of Braan. Access entailed a pleasant walk along the banks of the River Braan through tall pine trees. On arrival the Ossian’s Hall viewpoint was closed but we were still able to reach close proximity to the Falls and obtain photographs.

Falls of Braan, Dunkeld, Scotland

Next, we dove about 15 miles north, through the popular town of Pitlochry, to Edradour which is one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries. Here we joined a tour, led by a very able guide, who guided us through the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes.

Whisky Stills at Edradour Distillery, Scotland

Edradour Distillery, Piutlochry, Scotland

Next, we drove north for about 90 minutes to Aviemore with object of using the Cairngorm Mountain Railway to reach high into the mountains and benefit from the views. Unfortunately, however, low cloud covered the mountain peak which negated the point of the trip so we opted for a few photos from the base of the railway and continued north towards Inverness.

Monadhliath Mountains, Scottish Highlands

Monadhliath Mountains, Scottish Highlands

Our next stop was Culloden Battlefield, site of last battle on British soil, April 16th 1746. Here the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were heavily defeated by a larger British ‘redcoat’ force under General Cumberland thus ending a series of attempts (over 57 years) by the former Stewart dynasty to regain the thrones on England and Scotland by force.

Culloden Battlefield, Inverness, Scotland

Culloden Battlefield, Inverness, Scotland

Next, we drove round to the nearby Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site dating from around 2000 BC which was in use until around 1000 BC.

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

Finally, we drove into Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and checked into our new lodgings.

Tomorrow, we explore the Black Isle and sites nearby.

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