Loch Ness from eastern side.

This morning, we departed our lodgings in Fort William and headed north for a Loch Ness-centric trip.

Weather today was an improvement on the persistent rain experienced yesterday, comprising a blend of sunshine and showers, which did provide some useful light conditions for photography.

First to Fort Augustus where we had an enforced stop at a swing bridge over the Caledonian Canal to allow boats to pass from the adjacent flight of locks into Loch Ness. We also took a short diversion to connect with the southern tip of the famous Loch.

Boat traffic entering Loch Ness from the Caledonian Canal

Loch Ness at Fort Augustus

Next we tracked the western side of Loch Ness to Castle Urquhart, about half way up the Loch. This castle provides good vantage point to view the Loch both north and south.

Castle Urquhart

Loch Ness looking north from Castle Urquhart

Next, we continued north to Inverness then east to Culloden Moor where we visited the site of the last battle on British soil, in 1746, between the Jacobites under Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Hanoverian forces of the British Government. Result of this conflict was defeat for the Jacobites and ultimate exile of their leader.

Collective grave of Clan Fraser at Culloden

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

Next, to the nearby prehistoric site of Clava Cairns, a revered burial-place from the Bronze Age, about 4000 years ago.

Clava Cairns Passage Grave.

Clava Cairns prehistoric burial site.

Next, we returned to Inverness and then tracked Loch Ness south back to Fort Augustus but this time along the eastern side of the Loch where we encountered glorious scenery, the Falls of Foyers and Red Deer both farmed and wild.

Glen Mor landscape

Glen Mor landscape, Scotland.

Finally, we returned to Fort William and our lodgings for the night.

Tomorrow, we plan to visit the Isle of Skye.

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