A Cattle Farm outside of Inverness, the Capital City of Scottish Highland
       
     
Off the Beaten Path in Glen Orchy
       
     
Glen Shiel at the Northwest of the Scottish Highlands
       
     
One of the Many Deserted Roads in the Scottish Highlands at Glen Shiel
       
     
Eilean Donan or Island of Donan, the Most Dramatic Castle in Scotland
       
     
12th Century Melrose Abbey in the Border Country
       
     
Detail of Jedburgh Abbey Nave
       
     
Center Tower of Jedburgh Abbey
       
     
Jedburgh Abbey with a Rare Mix of Romanesque and Gothic Architecture
       
     
Corgarff Castle in the Tranquil Countryside of Glen Strathdon
       
     
Unexpected Encounter with a Piggy Family at Glen Orchy
       
     
Stirling Bridge over the River Forth
       
     
Eilean Donan Castle from a Distance
       
     
Lochs surround Eilean Donan
       
     
A Cattle Farm outside of Inverness, the Capital City of Scottish Highland
       
     
A Cattle Farm outside of Inverness, the Capital City of Scottish Highland
Off the Beaten Path in Glen Orchy
       
     
Off the Beaten Path in Glen Orchy

Glen is the word for a narrow valley in Scottish.  There are many glens in the Scottish Highlands. Each one has its own personality. Glen Orchy is less travelled and therefore it is more intimate.

Glen Shiel at the Northwest of the Scottish Highlands
       
     
Glen Shiel at the Northwest of the Scottish Highlands

The weather is always unpredictable in the Highlands. Even in August, it can be cold and nasty. The rainy sky adds emotion and texture to the pictures.

One of the Many Deserted Roads in the Scottish Highlands at Glen Shiel
       
     
One of the Many Deserted Roads in the Scottish Highlands at Glen Shiel

Glen Shiel is located in the Northwest part of the Highlands. Elegant comes to mind when you drive through this 9-mile long glen.  

Eilean Donan or Island of Donan, the Most Dramatic Castle in Scotland
       
     
Eilean Donan or Island of Donan, the Most Dramatic Castle in Scotland

First inhabited around 6th century, since then, this castle has been built and re-built for 4 times. After staying deserted for 200 years, Colonel John MacRea bought the island in 1911 and restored the castle to its former glory. 

12th Century Melrose Abbey in the Border Country
       
     
12th Century Melrose Abbey in the Border Country

The Scottish border country in the south is dotted with the ruins of ancient buildings destroyed in wars between England and Scotland. Melrose has the most associations to Scottish kings. The heart of Robert the Bruce, the Great Scotish King, was buried here. 

Detail of Jedburgh Abbey Nave
       
     
Detail of Jedburgh Abbey Nave
Center Tower of Jedburgh Abbey
       
     
Center Tower of Jedburgh Abbey

Despite war and weather, 900 years later,  the abbey church still stands tall. The cloister and the monks' living quarters have been reduced to ruins. 

Jedburgh Abbey with a Rare Mix of Romanesque and Gothic Architecture
       
     
Jedburgh Abbey with a Rare Mix of Romanesque and Gothic Architecture

The nave, north transept and center tower of this 12th century abbey are remarkably preserved. 

Corgarff Castle in the Tranquil Countryside of Glen Strathdon
       
     
Corgarff Castle in the Tranquil Countryside of Glen Strathdon

Surrounded by purple heather moors in full bloom, this white tower castle was built in 1550. It was later converted to a barracks. The castle's last military use was to control the smuggling of illicit whisky between 1827 and 1831.

Unexpected Encounter with a Piggy Family at Glen Orchy
       
     
Unexpected Encounter with a Piggy Family at Glen Orchy

The Scottish Highlands are a vast, sparsely populated region. It can get very lonely there, so even farm animals are eager to greet passersby.  

Stirling Bridge over the River Forth
       
     
Stirling Bridge over the River Forth

William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish warrior, depicted by Mel Gibson in the 1995 film "Braveheart", defeated the English forces here in the Battle of Stirling Bridge on September 11, 1297.

Eilean Donan Castle from a Distance
       
     
Eilean Donan Castle from a Distance

Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where three lochs (lakes) meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland.

Lochs surround Eilean Donan
       
     
Lochs surround Eilean Donan