Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

This morning, we departed our lodgings at Kyleakin on Isle of Skye and travelled to Inverness and in so doing visited sites spanning 4000 years of Scottish history with bonus of majestic Highlands scenery including Loch Ness.

First we took a short detour to visit  the popular holiday village of Plockton which is endowed with sub-tropical vegetation and trees due to its mild climate influenced by the Gulf Stream. On the narrow roads we encountered free ranging sheep.

Next to Eilean Donan Castle which is the seat of the Chief of Clan Macrae. This is a very photogenic structure which has featured in films and TV productions including Highlander starring Sean Connery. The castle appears ancient but, in fact, was only completed in the 1930s following a re-build based on an original design.

Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle,Loch Duich, Scotland

Next, north linking with the Great Glen to connect with Loch Ness and then Castle Urquhart. The castle site has a long history dating back possibly 1200 years although the present ruins date from the 1200s and later. An excellent location for appreciating Loch Ness.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness, Scotland

Next, further north, through Inverness to Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil, in 1746. It was here that a British ‘Redcoat’ army finally defeated the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Today, the site is a war grave with visitor centre providing detailed information on the famous battle and events leading up to it.

Culloden Battlefield, Inverness, Scotland

Final site visit was Clava Cairns, a prehistoric cemetery dating from around 2000 BC and which remained active up to around 1000 BC.

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

Clava Cairns, Inverness, Scotland

At conclusion of touring for the day we returned to Inverness and checked into our hotel. Tomorrow we travel further north.

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