Loch Ness-south-from Fort Augustus

Thus morning, we departed our lodgings in Grantown-on-Spey and drove to Edinburgh, a trip which took over five hours in predominantly favourable weather conditions.

First, we drove south through Glen Albyn on the eastern side of Loch Ness. This was a slow-going road which traversed excellent Highland scenery and led to our first stop of Fort Augustus at southern tip of Loch Ness. Here we were able to view the famous flight of locks and point where the canal joins Loch Ness.

View from Glen Albyn looking east

View from Glen Albyn looking east.

Loch Ness looking north from Fort Augustus

Flight of locks at Fort Augustus, Scotland

Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus, Scotland

Next, we continued south down the Great Glen, past Lochs Oich and Lochy, and through Fort William to our next stop at Glencoe. We first visited the Clachaig Inn with its ‘No Campbells’ sign, a legacy of the infamous massacre of MacDonalds in 1692.We then had lunch at the National Trust Visitor Centre and moved on up the valley for more photographs of the scenery.

Discrimination against Campbells at Clachaig Inn, Glencoe

Glencoe from Clachaig Inn, Scottish Highlands

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Glencoe, Scotland

Glencoe, Scotland

Video clip of drive through Glencoe

After Glencoe we continued east, across Rannoch Moor and then on through Crianlarich, Kilmahog (brief stop) and Doune to our final destination of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh where we checked into our lodgings for the night.

Tomorrow we explore Edinburgh on foot.

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