Highland Scenic Tour

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Applecross
Looking from Applecross

This is a well-known but remote township upon a peninsula between Lochs Torridon and Kishorn. It is a place of great scenic beauty, but of declining population and strength, and is known as the most inaccessible place on the mainland of Scotland. In A.D. 671 Maelrabha, an Irish monk from Bangor, founded a monestery in this place. It existed for about 100 years before being destroyed by the Vikings.
This remote and declining place of Highland habitation still continues to exist and to look out upon the island of Raasay and the mountains of Skye.


Glen More
Glen More

The forest park of Glen More is in the north-west corner of the Cairngorms. At the heart of the park is Loch Morlich, no less than 1000ft above sea level with sandy beaches. A footpath connects the park with Aviemore and Nethy bridge. In summer Glen More attracts ramblers, swimmers, and dinghy-sailors, and in winter it attracts skiers.


Road to Shieldaig
Road to Shieldaig

This crofting and fishing village is on the east side of the sea-loch Shieldaig, in Ross and Cromarty.


Kilchoman Bay, Isle of Islay
Kilchoman Bay, Isle of Islay

The Island of Islay is the most southern of the Inner Hebrides. Formerly having close and regular contact with Ireland, this was the administrative centre of the Lordship of the Isles that made the Macdonalds almost independant princes after the end of Norwegian rule in the 13th century. The island is almost cut in two by shallow Lochindaal and Loch Gruineart, The green farmlands of the western half slope up to rugged cliffs north and south of Kilchoman (with an ancient carved cross), while the long strand and machair of Laggan Bay end sto the south in the rugged Oa peninsula, and is backed by moors that extent right across to the isolated but picturesque east coast, where there is another finely carved cross at Kildalton.


Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

Glamis is probably best known for literary, if historically vague, association with Shakespeare's MacBeth. The present castle, which dates predominantly from the last quarter of the 17th century, contains fragments of much earlier building, and the site is thought to have been occupied by a Royal residence in the 11th century. King Robert II granted the lands of Glamis to the Lyon family (Earls of Strathmore) in 1372. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother spent much of her childhood here, and Princess Margaret was born in the castle in 1930. Fine collections of armour, furnishings, paintings and tapestries are to be seen in it.


Inverness Castle
Inverness Castle
and River Ness

Natural advantages have for long made Inverness the centre of a wide and distinctive region, and it is now generally unfittingly recognised as the 'capital' of the Highlands. It lies in a level plain at the best crossing place of the short river that flows out of Loch Ness and forms the northern end of the Great Glen of Scotland.



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