Inside Scotland: From Kenmore to Inverness

October 8, 2015 at 4:08 pm 7 comments

The Highlands, Scotland
Location: The Highlands, Scotland
 
From Kenmore, early morning just after breakfast, we headed further north to Inverness where we planned to stay for two nights. It was a pleasant drive that offered spectacular views of the Scottish countryside and the mountains in the distance.

The Highlands, Scotland
 
Every now and then, we saw sheep grazing in the meadows unmindful of the fate they would soon be dead meat.

Kincraig, Scotland Kincraig, Scotland
Kincraig, Scotland Kincraig, Scotland

 
Along the way, we stopped at a sheep farm in Kincraig where we witnessed sheepdogs herding a flock of sheep just like cowboys did to cattle in the old west. At the farmer’s command, they surrounded the flock and led them to pasture and took them back to their corral. It was amazing to behold the bond between the dogs and the sheep. It was simply priceless. In addition, he gave us an interesting demonstration on how to shear the woolen fleece from the sheep. When he asked for volunteers to help out, I raised my hand. Surprisingly, he picked me.
 

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Cairngorms National Park, Scotland Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

 
Our next stop was Cairngorms National Park. With an area of 1,748 squares miles, it’s the largest national park in the British Isles. We did some walking but didn’t stay long. We stayed there for three hours at the most, just enough to get a feel for the place. By the way, I find this picture of an orange mushroom kind of out of this world that I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
 
Inverness, Scotland
 
We arrived in Inverness at around 5 p.m. It’s the northernmost city in the United Kingdom and the fastest growing city in Scotland. It derived its name from Inbhir Nis, which means “Mouth of the River Ness” in Scottish Gaelic.

After our group dinner, I felt I had enough excitement already and headed back to the hotel to get acquainted with my bed. The others refused to call it a night and went for drinks and Scottish folk music. As far as I could tell, they weren’t disappointed as there were many pubs around to give them a run for their money.
 

Culloden Battlefield, Scotland Culloden Battlefield, Scotland
Culloden Battlefield, Scotland Culloden Battlefield, Scotland

 
On the following day, we drove to the site of the 18th-century Battle of Culloden. It took place in Drumossie Moor, located on the northeast of Inverness, on April 16, 1746. It pitted the forces led by Charles Edward Stuart. a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was fighting for the reinstatement of the Stuart monarchy against those of King George II and his Hanoveria line to the throne.

Considered as the last full-scale battle on British soil, it was an engagement that the Bonnie Prince would lose. Largely outnumbered 2 to 1, his men were decimated and the survivors hunted down and killed wherever they were found. It was the highlanders last hurrah and ended the Scottish rebellion for good.
 

Clava Cairns, Scotland Clava Cairns, Scotland
Clava Cairns, Scotland Clava Cairns, Scotland

 
Our next stop was at the Clava Cairns, a well-preserved prehistoric burial grounds dating back 4,000 years. Most of the tombs were made of stones piled together in a circle with entrances facing the sunset. It was so peaceful and serene there that we thought the dead wouldn’t mind us having a picnic at the adjoining park as long as we kept the area clean. If anything, they gave us the silent treatment.
 

Cawdor Castle, Scotland Cawdor Castle, Scotland
Cawdor Castle, Scotland Cawdor Castle, Scotland
Cawdor Castle, Scotland Cawdor Castle, Scotland

 
Our last stop was at the 15th century Cawdor Castle and its beautiful gardens. Located 10 miles east of Inverness, it was known to be the setting for Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. I found it a fitting destination to cap the day.

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  • 1. Inside Scotland: From Kenmore to Inverness  |  October 8, 2015 at 8:08 pm

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  • 2. draliman  |  October 9, 2015 at 12:07 am

    It’s nice to see photos of all the places I visited when I was young. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay!

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    • 3. plaridel  |  October 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

      draliman:

      you should go back. things must have changed a lot since your last visit. πŸ™‚

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      • 4. draliman  |  October 10, 2015 at 2:40 am

        I definitely plan to. It’s one heck of a drive though and I’m not getting any younger πŸ™‚

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        • 5. plaridel  |  October 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

          draliman:

          all you need is find an alternate driver. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 6. Suzanne Joshi  |  October 9, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Great continuing travelog, Plaridel. I loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    • 7. plaridel  |  October 9, 2015 at 9:48 am

      suzanne:

      i’m glad you liked the pictures. πŸ™‚

      Reply

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