Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness, Scotland

Today, we travelled from Craignure on Isle of Mull to Kirkwall on Orkney, north of the Scottish mainland. This was undertaken in stages as follows:

  • First stage was a morning ferry from Craignure to Oban, a crossing which took about 50 minutes.

Eilean Musdile Lighthouse between Mull and Oban

  • Next a three- hour drive from Oban through Fort William and the Great Glen to our first stop of Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness. Here we availed of refreshment, watched the short film and then explored the castle ruins which date from the 12th century through to 17th At this stage we benefited from bright sunshine and warm temperatures which enhanced the scenery and views of Loch Ness.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

  • Next, we continued north. Through Inverness, across the Moray and Dornoch firths, tracking the eastern coastline of Scotland to our destination of Scrabster where we duly arrived about 6.00pm.During this leg of the trip the weather deteriorated featuring low cloud and light rain.

Scrabster, Scotland

  • Next we boarded the Northlink ferry service to Stromness, Orkney, passing the Old Man of Hoy, where we duly arrived at 8.30pm following we drove across to our hotel in Kirkwall.

Northlink Ferry at Scrabster, Scotland

Tomorrow we commence our exploration of Orkney, including historic sites and craft shops.

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