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Doune Castle

This morning, we departed our Garntown-on-Spey lodgings and drove south to our first stop, at Corgarff Castle, This castle was built in the 16th century and thereafter a chequered history including clan warfare, Jacobite uprising, a British military Redcoat fort, ruin and restoration as a visitor attraction. the location offers excellent views over the local landscape.

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Tour Group This morning, August 18th., we departed our Fort William lodgings and proceeded as follows: First, a tour down nearby Glen Nevis past base of Ben Nevis (mountain) to Lower Falls where we stopped for photos. We encountered sheep wandering along the road. Lower Falls, Glen Nevis Lower Falls Next, north to the Commando Monument at Spean Bridge which provides  good vantage point for views of the Nevis Range and Ben Nevis.   Next,  we continued north stopping at Fort Augustus where we took pictures at southern tip of Loch Ness and then explored the small town which sits at the junction of the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. Here there is a series of canal locks which were opened to allow leisure craft through into Loch Ness. Loch Ness from Fort Augustus Loch Ness Pleasure Boats at Fort Augustus Fort Augustus Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus  Next, we continued north, tracking Loch Ness, to Castle Urquhart, about half way up the Loch. We stopped here for about 90 mins and availed of lunch. Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness Castle Urquhart Spud the Piper at Castle Urquhart Piper Next, we continued north, through Inverness, to Culloden Battlefield, site of last battle on British soil in 1746 when a Jacobite army under Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by a British army under General Cumberland. The battlefield holds the mass graves of the defeated army segregated into different clans. Culloden Battlefield

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This morning, we departed lodgings in Glasgow’s West End and embarked on a tour as follows:

First, to Glasgow’s 13th century Cathedral and nearby Necropolis. Being a Sunday, access to the former was restricted but we were able to view the exterior in reasonably clement weather.

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