Next stop was Urquhart Castle, now only ruins, before we headed for the National Trust's Visitor Centre at the site of the Battle of Culloden, just north east of Inverness. Culloden was the last ever battle fought on British soil, on April 16 1746. The tour guide took us out onto Drumossie Moor and delivered a stirring account of how 1200 men lost their lives in under an hour on that fateful day. It was very moving and the relics, demonstrations and information provided inside at the visitor centre were certainly first-class.
Back to our cosy cottage by the Loch(where I must admit we have had more dramas with a broken shower and washing machine), we unwound and soaked in the fresh Scottish air and scenery. Brett Snr was very excited to discover two deer grazing in the nearby woods - only to be pointed out by Eloise that they were, in fact, two wooden hunting targets in the SHAPE of deer!! Apparently the kids had noticed the dummies since the day we arrived. Good one!
|Eloise enjoys a typical frosty, Scottish morn|
|Even the leaves are frozen!|
|Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition|
|Brett with a submarine used in 1969 to find Nessie|
|A diving suit used in 2003 in the Loch|
|The famous Urquhart Castle|
|Aldourie Castle, from the other side of Loch Ness|
|Brett Snr, Sean and Brett Jnr at Culloden|
|A regular road sign, warning of REAL deer!|
|Autumn colours as we approach Loch Ness|