Glimpses - The Perfect Road Trip to the Scottish Highlands

We start at Edinburgh with the Scotts Monument, a tribute to one of Edinburgh's most famous sons, Sir Walter Scott - writer, poet,  playwright and  historical novelist. A compelling presence in the centre of the Town, this 200 feet Gothic Structure has an interesting story behind it. In 1832, after Sir Walter Scotts's death, a competition was held to select the best design, George Miekle Kemp, a daftsman and self taught architect was sure he would be disqualified since he was not a professional architect. He sent in his design under the pseudonym John Morvo and his design won the competition. The Scotts Monument was inaugurated on the 15th of August 1846, but Kemp did not live to see it. He had fallen to his death in the Union Canal, on the foggy evening of the 6th of March, while returning home from the site! A sobering thought, as the eyes scale up the intricately carved, eerie monument. 
Out of Edinburgh and onward to the Highlands
Through The Cairngorms National Park - all quiet and so soothing

Sudden bursts of Blue, every now and then, merging seamlessly with the myriad shades of Green
The Deep and Mysterious Loch Ness. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes of England and Wales put together!
Passing the ruins of The Urquhart Catle on the banks of the Loch Ness, in search of Nessie, the Monster of Loch Ness. We did not find her but we found the Witches Rock! Scotland is a treasure trove of Myth and Legend.
From Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye on a road that dips and rises to startling blue lakes and sharp jagged mountains
Peace and Beauty unlimited - towards Carbost to visit the Talisker Distillery managed by Diageo and famous for its Premium Single Malt
Obviously we did not catch the Talisker Distillery Tour. The drive upto the Distillery was just so beautiful that we lost track of time! So, we loaded the car on to a large liner to reach the Isle of Raasay and its distillery.
Chugging away to the Isle of Raasay surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands
The picture post card scene at the Isle of Raasay complete with the shaggy Highland Cows
And back to Terra Firma. At Inverness, the largest city and the cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands, with the River Ness flowing gently


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