Packhorse Bridge at Carrbridge, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Grantown-on-Spey and drove north, through Nairn to our first destination of the extensive prehistoric cemetery known as Clava Cairns near Inverness. This site was for high status burials during the period 2000 BC-1000 BC.

Clava Cairns Prehistoric Cemetery, Scotland

Next, we drove round to the nearby site of Culloden Battlefield. here was fought the last battle on British soil on April 16th 1746 when forces of the British government under General Cumberland finally defeated a force of Highlanders under Bonnie Prince Charlie thus ending efforts of the Stewart dynasty to regain the thrones of England and Scotland.

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

Next, we drove west, through Inverness, to Glen Ord Distillery. This is one of Scotland’s largest whisky distilleries with capacity of about 11.00m litres p.a. Key product is the Singleton of Glen Ord single malt. Here we joined the standard one hour tour to learn about the malting, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation processes which culminated in a tasting.

Whisky Stills at Glen Ord Distillery

Whisky Tasting at Glen Ord Distillery

Singleton of Glen Ord Single Malts

Next, we drove S.E. to Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness. This ruin dates from around the 12th century and is an excellent platform to view the famous loch (lake) which has a maximum depth of 750 feet.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Next, we drove north, back through Inverness to the Black Isle. We stopped first at Chanonry Point with object of viewing dolphins but, sadly. they were not present at time of our visit. We did, however, spot some intrepid kayakers about to embark on an evening ‘spin’ on the Moray Firth.

Kayakers at Chanonry Point, Black Isle

Lighthouse at Chanonry Point, Black Isle

Next, we continued around the Black Isle stopping first at Cromarty and then on the western side to view the large number of oil rigs moored in the Cromarty Firth.

Cromarty Harbour, Scotland

Oil Rigs in Cromarty Firth, Scotland

Finally, we returned to Grantown via Carrbridge where we stopped for an evening meal and viewed the (floodlit) 18th century packhorse bridge after which Carrbridge is named.

Packhorse bridge at Carrbridge, Cairngorms

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