A Highland Tour

By Carol Fraser (Continued)

Glen Orchy
A winter scene in Glen Orchy

Glen Orchy was once famous for its pine forrest but most of the trees were cut down in the 19th century. Some trees, however (believed to be relics of the ancient Caledonian Forest), are still standing on the East side of Loch Tulla. Glen Orchy is overlooked by Ben Doran (3,523ft).

Inverness and the Kessock Bridge

An aerial view of the Highland Capital, Inverness showing the town centre and the Kessock suspension bridge which carries the road across the narrows between the Beauly Firth and Inner Moray Firth. The link north to Dingwall replaced the old A9 which wound miles inland to avoid natural obstacles.

Urquhart Castlel
A panoramic view of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle overlooks Loch Ness. The site was fortified by the semi-independent Lord of the Isles during the 13th century, but most of the buildings to be seen today belong tothe 16th century stronghold of the Chief of Grant. The castle has featured in some of the best known photographs and sightings of the Loch Ness Monster.

Loch Garry
Loch Garry

Invergarry is a small hamlet lying at the heart of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. The road to the west runs up the richly wooded valley of the River Garry, then along the shores, green with birch tree, of Loch Garry, then turns north over the hills into Glen Loyne to meet the road from Invermoriston.

Fort Augustus
Fort Augustus and Loch Ness

Fort Augustus, where the Caledonian Canal can be seen descending a ladder of Locks to reach the dark waters of Loch Ness, which reach into the distance beneath snow capped mountains.

Loch Rannoch
Loch Rannoch

Schiehallion rises to 3,547ft above the waters of Loch Rannoch. Along the north shore of the loch, the views westward to the summits that guard the entrance to Glencoe are magnificent. At Camusericht a vast power station brings water by pipeline from Loch Ericht.