Travel to Scotland
Day 6 Broadford - Eilan Donan - Lake Ness - Rogie Falls - Ardersier (179 Km.)
(in 28 km.) Eilan Donan castle: We left the Isle of Skye by the Skye bridge and in a few minutes we arrived at the car park of the Eilean Donan castle. It is one of the most visited places in Scotland. The image of the castle in the middle of the lake, linked to the land only by a bridge, is an icon of Scotland. In addition, movies like The Immortals or Braveheart has made this place more famous. As it is a private castle, started to built in 1220, and the official residence of the MacRae clan, it is not included in the Explorer Pass, so it is necessary to buy an entrance. We read that the interior can not be visited and that it is not worth it either, so we decided to visit it only from the outside.
Eilan Donan castle
(in 86 km.) Urquhart Castle: We continue to Loch Ness, famous for its mythical monster. It is a lake of dark waters 37 kilometers long and less than 2 kilometers wide. Taking advantage of the Explorer Pass, we visited the Urquhart Castle. The first historical reference dates from the second half of the sixth century, although its existence is recorded at the beginning of the thirteenth century. The visit begins at the museum with an audiovisual and continues through the ruins of the castle. The northern zone includes most of the most intact structures, including the entrance gate, and the five-story Grand Tower. The southern part includes the few remains of previous buildings.
(in 43 km.) Rogie Falls: The Rogie Falls are a series of waterfalls of the Black Water River. The falls are about 2 km northwest of the village of Contin, next to the A835 road. From the car park there are a couple of paths that cross the forest to reach the waterfalls. The shortest of them allows you to reach them in less than 10 minutes. A suspension bridge crosses the river. The most interesting thing for us of this place was to see how the salmon went up the river and made great jumps to try to overcome the waterfalls.
(in 38 km.) Fairy Glen Falls: We move to Rosemarkie to visit the small waterfalls of Fairy Glen. It is a pleasant walk through a well-wooded path with beech, ash and oak trees, and carpeted with bluebells and Primulaceae in the spring. Halfway along the road we will find a pond on the right. A little further on is the first of the Fairy Glen waterfalls; An attractive twin waterfall. The path climbs a series of steps to the left of the waterfall and then crosses a steep slope - there is a rope handrail to help. A few meters ahead is the second and last waterfall, another twin fall.
Fairy Glen falls
(in 38 km.) Fortrose: We make a short stop to photograph Fortrose Cathedral. The cathedral was constructed primarily of red sandstone. Two sections, the chapter house and the nave´s south aisle, still stand on location. The outline of the remainder of the cathedral complex was revealed by excavations in 1873.
(in 21 km.) Inverness: We dined at a restaurant located next to the river.
(in 21 km.) Ardersier: We moved to this town near Fort George to stay at the Star Inn Rooms hotel. Without any doubt this was our best trip accommodation. Their rooms were very comfortable, tastefully decorated and the breakfast was spectacular. I do not usually comment on the accommodations, but this one deserves an exception.