After getting a good night's sleep and an early breakfast, we got back in the car and made our way to Culloden Battlefield. The museum there was filled with artifacts, a timeline - both from British and Scottish points-of-view- and a solemn filmed reenactment of the battle. Another screen, this one knee-height, gave me an overview of the battle lines and troop movement. After touring the museum I headed out to the actual battlefield. The weather was appropriately damp and misty, but not actually rainy. The moors were what I imagined, but more haunting and beautiful, too.
|The heather was beautiful. As you can see in all the photos, there are many colors of heather.|
I learned that there are many varieties of heather and they don't all "peak" at the same time.
|I couldna resist taking a picture of my feet on the walking path through Culloden.|
Once we'd all collected ourselves (and our gift shop purchases) we made the short drive to Clava Cairn. A cairn is a man-made pile of stones. They have been in use since ancient times and can be used as landmarks or trail markers. In this case the cairns are ancient burial markers. Surrounding the cairns are standing stones.
We spent our second (and last) full day in Inverness at Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. I was eager for my first look at Loch Ness. We visited the more serious of the two Nessie museums. An impressive amount of time, money and fertile imagination has gone into Nessie research. I choose to believe. We all need some imagination and magic, right?
I was standing on the shores of Loch Ness on September 15.
This happened on September 16.
Along the western shore of Loch Ness is Urquhart Castle.
|I had the most amazingly delicious fish and chips for lunch.|
It was a full day and time to return for one last night in Inverness.
The next day we are over the sea to Skye!