Trebuchet at Castle Urquhart, Scotland

This morning we travelled from Kirkwall on Orkney to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

First stage was transfer from Kirkwall to Stromness where we connected with the 11.00 am ferry crossing to Scrabster on the Scottish mainland. The crossing ran on time and took ninety minutes.

Scrabster, Caithness, Scotland

On arrival at Scrabster we embarked on a trip taking four hours of driving time. Initially we used the A9 via the coastal route through Helmsdale Brora, Golspie and Tain to Inverness, crossing the Dornoch Firth (estuary), Cromarty Firth and Moray Firth. We stopped at Golspie for a light lunch.

At Inverness we joined the A82 and continued south to Castle Urquhart where availed of a 45 minute stop to view the castle and famous Loch Ness which is the largest body of fresh water in the U.K., stretching for about 23 miles on a S.W. to N.E. alignment.

Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Castle Urquhart and Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands

Next we continued south tracking Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy, crossing the line of the Caledonian Canal from time to time en-route.

We arrived Fort William about 6.30 pm, just in time for guests to check in at lodgings and then have dinner at the Crannog Seafood Restaurant.

Crannog Seafood Restaurant, Fort William, Scotland

Loch Linnhe, Scotland.

Weather today was essentially dull and overcast with rain limited to light showers.

Tomorrow we travel to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

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