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This evening, I am posting a record of today’s tour (which benefited significantly from fine, dry weather with sunshine). Here are a couple of views of Inverness. First image is the River Ness.

This view of Inverness was taken from a high elevation with the snow covered hills of Easter Ross in the background.

Next, we drove down to Loch Ness for numerous photo opps including the Loch Ness Monster representation at the Clansman Hotel. Then on to Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness. Great views of the loch and Highlands scenery. We spent about one hour here.

Here is a trebuchet (type of giant catapult) used in castle sieges in medieval times.

View of Loch Ness from Castle Urquhart.

Next we drove south, tracking Loch Ness to Aonach Mor, close to Fort William, where we ascended up the mountain in the chairlift to watch the many people skiing, and observe the views of the mountains of the Nevis Range covered in snow. An excellent experience.

Here is the chairlift.

This is ‘Base Camp’.

Our next objective was rugged Glencoe. We arrived at the Visitor Centre just as it was closing but managed to purchase some refreshments in the nick of time!

We then drove through Glencoe ( valley of the River Coe) stopping on a number of occasions for picture opportunties. The visibility, evening sunlight and extensive snow covering proved a compelling combination for photographs and videos.

Stop for family picture shoot.

Finally, we embarked on the long journey back to Edinburgh, firstly journeying across desolate Rannoch Moor and then on down to Stirling District (driving past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, both of which stood out with benefit of floodlighting).

We eventually arrived at central Edinburgh about 8.45pm and then fond farewells after a very satisfying day in the Scottish Highlands.

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This evening, I am posting a record of today’s tour:

Collected group of guests at Edinburgh and then drove across Forth Bridge to Dunfermline Abbey. This was a former Royal Palace and effective capital of Scotland until 1603. Together, the Abbey and Palace comprise one of the most impressive building complexes in medieval Scotland. Good views over the surrounding area as the elevation is high. Inside the modern church is the burial place of King Robert the Bruce who died in 1329.

Inside the Nave which was the abbey church.

At Dunfermline Abbey burial ground there is a friendly peacock in residence which afforded some photo opps. The Peacock is the National Bird of India.

At Dunkeld we visited the ancient Cathedral and took pictures of the locality including the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river. Weather was benevolent.

Fishing on the River Tay close to Dunkeld Cathedral.

Next, a few miles up the A9 (highway) we stopped and followed a trail along the River Braan to see the falls at Ossian’s Hall. Quite stunning, with lots of snow and ice around.Lots of photo opps.

This is Ossian’s Hall.The viewing platform overlooks the Falls of Braan which can be spectacular.

Next, we drove 15 mins up the A9 to Pitlochry where we stopped for refreshments. Then we continued our journey north to Inverness via Aviemore, a town focused on outdoor activities in the Cairngorms.Lots of snow in evidence but roads were clear.

Before arriving at Inverness, we paid a short visit to Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s top prehistoric sites dating back about 5000 years. It was quite eery in the late evening sunlight with the snow covering adding another dimension. Here there is a collection of large stone burial chambers and stone circles.

Finally we moved on to Inverness via the battlefield site of Culloden (1746) arriving at our lodgings about 6.15pm.

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Tour Arranging: Today, I have not managed to get out, instead being preoccupied with admin work and correspondence on various tours under discussion. Tying up details on tours is time consuming but key to a successful outcome. Apart from an enquiry on a Loch Ness tour, my main focus has been on designing a one day Glasgow tour for a group off a cruise ship. I have suggested that the tour include:

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