June 13th 2015 Blog Post

Reenactment Medieval Scottish Soldier at Castle Urquhart

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Fort William and drove north. passing lochs Lochy and Oich to our first stop at Fort Augustus on the southern tip of Loch Ness. Here we made a brief stop to (a) view Loch Ness (b) view an impressive flight of locks on the Caledonian Canal and (c) undertake some shopping.

Flight of Locks at Fort Augustus, Scotland

Next, we continued north, tracking Loch Ness to our next stop of Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness. Although ruined since the late 17th century, the remains are substantial and include a high status Tower House which we were able to ascend to the top level and thus obtain good views over the castle site and loch despite overcast weather conditions.

 

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Next, further north through Drumnadrochit and Beauly and into the Western Highlands (Wester Ross) which are covered in heather and gorse, the latter being a prickly bush which produces a brilliant yellow flower at this time of year.

We arrived at our destination of Ullapool at about 3.00pm. This has evolved from an 18th century fishing village on the shores of Loch Broom to a ferry port and tourist destination.

After checking in at our hotel we visited the excellent Ullapool Museum based in a former church. Here are local history and family history archives together with information on fishing, crofting and emigration. Here guests made substantial progress in researching their Mackay family history from the local area.

Inside Ullapool Museum, Scotland

William Mackay records at Ullapool Museum

Ullapool Museum, Scotland

Finally, in the early evening, we made a trip to visit the spectacular Corrieshalloch Gorge and Falls of Measach, about 12 miles from Ullapool.

Falls of Measach, N.W. Scotland

Corrieshalloch Gorge, N.W,.Scotland

Tomorrow, we visit more ancestry related sites in the locality together with more sightseeing. Improved weather is forecast.

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