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.
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.
Glen Shiel is located in the Northwest part of the Highlands. Elegant comes to mind when you drive through this 9-mile long glen.
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.
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.
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.
The nave, north transept and center tower of this 12th century abbey are remarkably preserved.
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.
The Scottish Highlands are a vast, sparsely populated region. It can get very lonely there, so even farm animals are eager to greet passersby.
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 is a small tidal island where three lochs (lakes) meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland.