Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Inverness and embarked on a tour as follows:

First to Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746. This is where the final attempt to regain the thrones of Scotland and England for the Stewart dynasty was defeated in a bloody battle which lasted about one hour.Inclement weather prevented a tour of the battle site but we did witness a demonstration of 18th century surgical implements and medicines. in the visitor centre.

Demonstration of 18th century medical techniques at Culloden

Next, we drove round to nearby Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site dating from around 2000 BC.

Clava Cairns, Scotland

Next to Cawdor Castle, an impressive building from the 16th century together with well maintained and colourful gardens. Cawdor has tenuous link with Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Cawdor Castle, Scotland

Cawdor Castle, Scotland

After an enjoyable pub lunch at Cawdor village we moved on, through Inverness to Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. Unfortunately, our arrival coincided with a heavy rain storm notwithstanding which we did take photographs from a distance.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Next, we moved on, down the Great Glen to Fort William, stopping briefly at Fort Augustus. First we drove down Glen Nevis to view Lower Falls and then returned to the town and checked in to our hotel before having dinner at the Crannog Restaurant on the bank of Loch Linnhe.

Loch Ness from Fort Augustus

Lower Falls, Glen Nevis

Tomorrow, we travel on the Jacobite Express Steam Train.

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