Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and Inverness

This morning we followed the shores of lovely Loch Linnhe to Glen Coe, site of the notorious 1692 massacre of the McDonald clan by the Campbells. At the Park shop I made this photo of some candleholders with thistles on them. The thistle is the national flower of Scotland.

Thistles on Candleholders. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

At Mallaig we boarded a ferry to Armadale on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye. We had lunch at McDonalds (not the one you first think of when you hear the name) at the Clan Donald Center, and then strolled the beautiful grounds of the park. We had a lot of sunshine today and this made the visit very enjoyable. The park has a new resource center with a good display about the people who once ruled this area. Many Americans have a Scottish ancestry, at least in part.

We drove over the Skye Bridge to return to the mainland. This photo shows the bridge with the Isle of Skye on the left and the mainland on the right.

Skye Bridge. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We continued north to Loch Ness. Here is a photo across the lake at Urqhart Castle. No one is our group claimed to have seen Nessie, the mysterious Loch Ness monster.

 

Loch Ness. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

We arrived in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, about 6:45 p.m. Our hotel faces the River Ness. We plan to be here for the next two days.

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