Just north of Oban, following the road to Ganavan Sands, lie the ruins of this 12th century castle. Its on private property so access is not recommended. Its believed that there has been a fort on this location for centuries with earliest records in 686 when it was called "Dun Ollaigh".
Eilean Donan Castle sits dramatically on an island at the meeting point of Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh. You can see it for miles as you approach the area and it features in many articles on Scotland.
The castle was built in 1220 by Alexander II and was bombarded by the English warship the 'Worcester' in the 18th century. In 1932 the MacRae family reconstructed the ruin and today the castle houses a museum and clan memorial.
Urquhart Castle ( Loch Ness) is 2 miles south of Drumnadrochit. The picturesque ruins of this castle lay on the shore of Loch Ness. The ruins are now owned by Historic Scotland and open to visitors most days all year round.
Caledonian Canal was completed in 1822 by Thomas Telford and links the various lochs of Glen Mor to form a route from West Coast to East Coast, starting in Fort William and ending 60 miles to the north in Inverness. There is a series of 8 locks which raise boats 20 metres over a distance of 500 metres.
The Caledonian Canal is south of Loch Ness.
Ben Nevis stands at 1344 metres and overlooks Fort William. It is the highest mountain in Britain and is now owned by the John Muir Trust. Nevis comes from the Gaelic work for heavy or clouds. The top is covered in snow for most of the winter and spring and the summit is shrouded by clouds for about 300 days of the year.
Fort William lies on the shore of Loch Linnhe in the shadow of Ben Nevis and was originally one of the Jacobite Forts which was built to subdue the Highlanders. It is now a busy service town and Tourist Centre, made even more popular with the making of the movies 'Rob Roy' and 'Braveheart' in the area.
This is the Isle of Mull which we had to take a ship to get here, so it is off the beaten waterways....this lovely dog followed the train all the way to the castle. I could see the castle in the distance. It was a great place filled with awesome natural beauty.
Near Oban is a rare-breeds farm you absolutely have to see if you like animals. Just rustle a bit with your brown paper bag of food that you bought in the shop, and you'll have hundreds of new best friends. The sheep are hilarious and will follow you around like dogs. There's also cattle there, donkeys and llamas.
Have a look at my travelogue to meet the funniest sheep ever.
The Crinan Canal was build to enable the fishing boats to reach the Sound of Jura fishing grounds by an easier & quicker way. Before the canal the boats had to sail around the Kintyre Penisula
These are some standing stones near the car park before you reach Temple Wood Stone circle and the Nether Largie group of cairns.
The view from Seil after crossing the Atlantic Bridge. Its a lovely drive through some beautiful scenery.
Loch Gary is in the Great Glen region of the Southern Highlands. You can locate it just near Invergarry. I It is surrounded by the Monadhliath Mountains.