We follow the North West Tourist Route through Scotland to its northern-most point and finally, we see some deer in The Highlands. The scenic drive takes us past more beautiful lochs, beaches, castle ruins and some amazing coastal scenery. Highlights were Sango Sands Beach, Smoo Caves, Strathy Point and Dunnet Head. It is still cool and overcast with rare glimpses of the sun. It is not raining though so we are happy with that.
The Scottish north west coast around John O'Groats, from Duncansby Head to Noss Head is spectacular and if you are a bird watcher then you will be even more impressed. Continuing south we visited castles, waterfalls, forests and enjoyed walks through the National Trust properties of Killycrankie and The Hermitage. We visited two distilleries in this part of our trip: Cragganmore and Dalwhinnie. The only thing that would improve this section of the trip is some sunshine!
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Loving Scotland!!! We explored Kilmartin Glen with its ancient stone burial mounds and standing stones then onto Carnasserie Castle ruins. We drove around more beautiful lochs near the lovely Arduaine Gardens, more castle ruins then jumped on the ferry to Isle of Skye. Wow! It has some stunning scenery, especially around Neist Point Lighthouse and the Cuillin Mountains. A highlight in this area was our first Whisky Tasting Tour at the Talisker Distillery followed by the lovely Fairy Pools walk at the base of the Cuillin Range.
We continued to enjoy the spectacular scenery the Isle of Skye had to offer before crossing the Skye Bridge back to mainland Scotland. Heading north, highlights included the coastline around Staffin and the Storr Mountain walks. The next part of our travels took us through the Highlands, stopping at many lochs, waterfalls, forests and canals. The Culloden Battlefield was a highlight where we were immersed in the Jacobite/English conflict of 1746. On this leg of the journey we tasted Singleton Whisky on our tour of the Glen Ord Distillery (the 2nd stamp in our Whisky passport).