Wednesday, 29.08.2012

Today we left Benderloch heading northeast for Duirinish. Our first stop was at Fort Augustus. I knew the Great Glen and Loch Ness from my previous trips, but it was the first time for Dagmar - and there can't be a Scotland trip without Loch Ness, can it?

Fort Augustus and Loch Ness

No Nessie anywhere!

MS Lord of the Glens climbing the locks

Not far from Fort Augustus we visited the Invermoriston Falls and the nearby historic Telford Bridge.

On a short woodland stroll we could watch a Red Squirrel. This native species is in rapid decline due to the squirrelpox virus introduced by the alien Grey Squirrel. Grey Squirrel are significantly larger and more robust, and they are immune to the virus they often carry thus having a double advantage over the red type. Only in North England and Scotland there is a population of Red Squirrel left, while they are practically extinct and replaced by the Grey Squirrel in the rest of England and Wales.

Telford Bridge near Invermoriston Falls

Red Squirrel

Through Glen Garry and Glen Shiel we continued on our way to Duirinish. I think Glen Shiel must be very beautiful in fair weather, but the rain and the low hanging clouds made the drive almost depressing. Needless to say that there was no view from Ratagan pass to enjoy, but we had made the climb just in case.

Our next stop was at the famous Eilean Donan Castle which must be the most photographed castle in all of Scotland. Known from the movies Highlander, Braveheart and a few others a lot of people don't know that most of today's castle is less than 100 years old. The restoration was finished in 1932 after 20 years of work. Until then, the castle ruins had been almost untouched since its destruction in the Jacobite Rising of 1715.

Eilean Donan Castle

After our visit to this awesome castle it had been just a few minutes until we arrived at Tigh Arran in Duirinish. Mary and Iain own some 25 Highland Cattle which we could always see from our window.


"our" cows and Tigh Arran right on the hill

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