Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Scotland Day 3

So off we headed ... cross country and then down was the plan...

We made our way down to Loch Ness, stopping of at Castle Urquhart, and even though the weather was not great we managed to spend a fantastic few hours exploring the ruins and taking in the scenery.

and the obligatory cup of tea

sadly we didn't get to see much of Nessie that day....  

but we did stop off at Fort Augustus ....

And the Caledonian Canal .... which was rather interesting......and while there we did pop into the Visitors Centre... I don''t think the review does it justice... it was far worse than that.. but the canal itself and watching the boats come and go was very interesting

After which we headed down to to our next overnight stop in the splendid Gelngary Castle on the banks of Loch Oich

We dressed for dinner, was was a wonderful 7 course meal, and then spent the rest of the evening in the sitting room, being waited on.  Of course we had to taste the local tippple, would have been rude not too!!

Scotland- day 2 - Inverness /Black Isle area

Okay sorry to say i have neglected this web page,... no excuses.. well lots really, but you don't want to know...

Howevere. I still have lots of my photosI really would like to share with you.

Scotland is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been or seen.

This is day 2 as we made our ways up from Pitlochy to the Highlands- heading towards Inverness & the Black Isle area

 We headed for Avimore, as you can see it was raining... So we did what any sensible person would do and took shelter in a Hotel- with a resturant


and found a wonderful place for Clootie Dumpling at Speyiside Heather Garden & Restaurant.  

It also sold 'antiques' - 

So I bought a piece of Scottish History/Wildlife back with me

We them made our ways to Culloden, - one of the most eeriest places I have ever visited.... and one of the most haunted

'The Battle of Culloden (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Chùil Lodair) was the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. Taking place on 16 April 1746, the battle pitted the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart against an army commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, loyal to the British government. The Jacobite cause to overthrow the reigning House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne was dealt a decisive defeat at Culloden; Charles Stuart never mounted any further attempts to challenge Hanoverian power in Britain.'

This is the the Cottage at Culloden, it was used as field quarters used by government forces 

For many Scots , the name Culloden still stirs strong emotions. It was the end of an era, It was the 'last stand' against a English/Hanoverian Monarch, one who had vastly superior forces.  When you go there you can almost hear and feel the clash of the claymores, see the blood soaked tartan and the men of both sides devoured by the blood stained mud. The Battle of Culloden, 16th of April, 1746, lasted less than half and hour, and yet no other event in the history of Scotland has come to mean so much to so many.

From there we made our way to that evenings bed& breakfast. 

Like many places in the highlands, the Roadside Croft B & B was also a family home and a working farm.   Like many places in the Highlands of Scotland, the family, when the children have grown up and flown the nest, let out a room or two for paying visitors.  The rooms were wonderful, spotlessley clean and iour host could not do enough for us. 

I would highly recommend it, and even though there was only two of us staying there, we were served the most fantastic breakfast! 

 So having filled our selves up, we headed off for the next part of our adventure!