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Stalker Castle Scotland

From Fort William we drove towards south and passed again Stalker Castle - this time seeing it in modest sunshine (compare it to this rainy photo).

Scotland Castle Stalker

And another shot of Stalker Castle, this time from the tiny road between Tynribbie and Port Appin. I love the hard contrast of the dark castle against the blue background. Spooky!

Castle Menzie's Scotland

We drove to the east coast again, this time visiting spots we did not see when we were here first. This is Castle Menzies, a good example of a 16th century fortified house that has been laid out in a "Z" plan. They happily invite visitors to fully explore their home, but -as always- at a hefty fee. The castle was the seat of the Menzies Clan until 1918 and was involved in the Highlands' history, including a short stay of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.

Castle Menzies

Another photo of this beautiful castle which is situated close to Aberfeldy on the B845.

Queen's View Loch Tummel

Here is the second viewpoint that was preferred by Queen Victoria. This one is situated above Loch Tummel, and indeed it provides excellent views across the Loch and the Grampian Mountains. A tip for camping enthusiasts: there is a camp site a few miles west of the viewpoint. It's situated directly on the shores of the Loch, and thus very nice for hot summer days!

Pitlochry Scotland

We stayed in Pitlochry this night, a small town east of Loch Tummel. During high season it is crowded with tourists due to its strategic location - it's an excellent base station for excursions into the Grampian Mountains! But it offers also cultural attractions, especially "The Theater in the Hills" which has opened its gates in 1951. Of course, Pitlochry has its own distillery (Bell's Blair Whisky), and it offers all the shops and restaurants for the traveller.

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