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Today, we had two objectives from our Fort William base: Glen Etive and Oban.

First, to Glen Etive via Glencoe Village and the Pass of Glencoe stopping en-route to photograph the watery landscape at Achnambeithach near Glencoe.

Video clip of Achnambeithach

Achnambeithach, Scotland

Next, we undertook a 28 mile round trip along Glen Etive which was used in the film Skyfall (James Bond).

Loch Etive, Scotland.

Video clip of Loch Etive.

Glen Etive, Scotland

Upon returning to the main highway we went to the Glencoe Mountain Centre for lunch.

Glencoe Ski Lift

Next, back to the A82 highway and then south, tracking Loch Linnhe to the ferry port of Oban. En-route we stopped to photograph Castle Stalker.

Castle Stalker

Upon arriving at Oban we went first to McCaig’s Tower, which sits above the town, to photograph views of the attractive harbour.

McCaig’s Tower, Oban

Isle of Mull, Kerrera and Oban Harbour from McCaig’s Tower

Next, through Oban to visit Dunollie Castle which has a long connection with the MacDougalls. This is a good site with museum, the castle itself and a weaving demonstration based on an early 18th century hand-loom.

Oban Harbour from Dunollie Castle

15th century Keep at Dunollie Castle, Scotland

Hand Loom demonstration at Dunollie Castle, Oban

After 30 mins shopping and exploring central Oban we returned to Fort William.

Oban, Scotland

Tomorrow, we tour Loch Ness.

Garden flowers at Luss, Scotland

At around 12.00 noon I collected guests from Glasgow Airport and then embarked on a trip to Fort William in the Highlands region with sightseeing stops as follows:

First to Luss, a quaint heritage village on the banks of Loch Lomond. here we saw colourful gardens and views of Loch Lomond from the local pier.

Cottage at Luss

Loch Lomond from Luss Pier

Luss War Memorial

Next, north through Tyndrum with stop at a viewpoint to photograph the landscape around Loch Tulla.

Loch Tulla Landscape

Next, across Rannoch Moor to the Pass of Glencoe where we again stopped for photographs of the mountainous scenery before calling at Glencoe Visitor Centre for refreshments.

Pass of Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Finally, we continued north along the banks of Loch Linnhe to our destination of Fort William which we reached about 4.00 p.m.

Tonight we are staying close to Ben Nevis which at 4,411ft 2in is the tallest mountain in Britain.

Weather forecast is positive for tomorrow which should assist sightseeing in the Highlands region.

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on Glamis Castle. This is a popular tourist attraction which is easily accessible from Edinburgh, St Andrews and central Scotland.

Glamis Castle has been the home of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372. The castle is perhaps best known for its links with the British Royal Family, in particular the late Queen Mother (1900-2002).

Additionally, Shakespeare used Glamis as a fit setting for the grim tragedy of Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis.

View of Glamis Castle from Italian Garden

Regular tours of the castle last about 50 minutes and take visitors through the Victorian Dining Room, Medieval Crypt, 17th century Drawing Room, Chapel, Billiard Room and the Royal Apartments.

Walled Garden at Glamis Castle

Other facilities and attractions at Glamis include:

  • Italian Garden
  • Nature Trail
  • Garden Walks
  • Highland Cattle
  • Exhibitions
  • Shopping
  • Food and Drink

Highland Cattle at Glamis Castle, Scotland